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Romans 16:17-20

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naïve. For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

What the Bible says matters. What the Bible says is called Doctrine. It is what we believe and there isn’t any wiggle room. Biblical Doctrine leads to peace. There is one type of peace where everyone gets along…at least on the surface. Then there is real peace. This peace comes from seeing what Jesus has said is beautiful and true. This peace crushes Satan.

What do you bring when you enter a room? Do you bring peace? Or do you bring divisions and obstacles? Those questions lead to another question, “what is the difference?”

The Church is designed to be a family of believers in Christ Jesus. He is held in the highest regard. His Word sometimes cuts us deep, but we find a joy in the wounding. Following Jesus’ way, we seek to be kind, loving, and to seek out lonely people. We will all be different, but our differences will be secondary to the Jesus that is primary.

Then, there is our idea of church. This concept is slightly different from person to person. It often involves what we think is of utmost importance or what we want rather than what we received. This division thrives on “my opinions” and always wanting “my voice” to be heard. It leads to a place called, “my way or the highway.” Sometimes it sounds smooth and flattering, but the heart behind this sentiment is not.

The answer to this problem is simple. Makes Jesus’ facts my opinions. Soak yourself so much in the Word of God that His Word pours out of your mouth. Trust Christ’s so much that they become your own. Love Christ more than your preferences and He will give you peace. That peace has the power to crush the enemy under your feet.

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