Posted by: bshelley | April 22, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Entry for April 22, 2008

Today’s Verse: Mark 9:50 “Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” NASB

Be at peace, allelon! You cannot be around me for very long and not pick up on my fascination with the “one another” commands in the New Testament. They lose a bit of their command structure in the translation into English unfortunately. Here we see a very important allelon, one another, command. “Be at peace with one another.” This is Jesus Himself teaching on how disciples should act towards each other and those around them. How do we have peace? If peace were automatic, there would be no need for peacemakers would there? Again in Mark 5:9 Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.” Paul echos the same theme in Colossians 3:15, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.” When Paul was chastising the church in Corinth he said, “I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers?” (1 Cor 6:5) The salt Jesus refers to is the salt of the covenant within us. (Ref Lev 2:13) Salt in this context is understood as grace in speech. It is not speaking in anger or in haste. Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”  If we lose our saltiness, we are not at peace with one another and we are not in covenant relationship with the Father. So, what are we to do? We are not to form a peacemaking committee. It is every disciples responsibility given by Christ Himself. 1 John 3:16 sums it up well, We know love by this, that he laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” Be at peace allelon.

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