Fellowship of the Broken [Noval]

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You are my Hiding Place.  My Strong Tower, my Refuge, my Hope.  You fill my life with Your goodness and surround me with Your faithfulness.  I offer You all that I am.  Use me, Lord.  Make mean instrument of Your peace, an agent of Your love. 

Peace, be still.  I speak in the stillness. 

Lord, I love Your peace.  It’s like nothing else in the world, just as You said.  It’s well with my soul. 

My servant Paul exhorted you to let the peace of Christ rule in your heart.  You still have some work to do in that area.  Consider how the current political environment can stir up your anger, fear and frustration..  Yes, there can be a righteous anger at injustice but that can only be legitimately expressed when the soul is truly at rest in My righteousness. Otherwise there’s too much potential for contaminants like fear, pride, defensiveness, self-interest and self-protection. 

And it will also help you to stay aware of the principle of Ephesians 6:12- your struggle is not against flesh and blood.  You’re pretty aware of the warfare in your own soul and the enemy’s tactics of deception, accusation and seduction.  Have some compassion for your fellow man- he (or she) is also subject to various demonic assaults that kick up insecurity, anger, fear, rebellion and irrationality.  All flesh is weak, including yours. 

That’s the beauty of a 12-step or similar group that meets to address addictions or other issues.  You start with the assumption that all are broken.  That’s actually the basis for fellowship.  The ground is level.  There’s no posture of judgement.  You face a common enemy.  Humility is the foundation of wisdom and fellowship. As you bring your brokenness into the light, your connection to one another deepens.  That’s what My servant John was getting at in his first letter:

1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

Now expand your field of vision.  Even the man you consider your bitterest enemy (think ISIS or the Taliban, or the drug lords or those who traffic in the flesh of children) shares this with you- he is broken.  He is marred by the fall.  He is subject to the assaults of Satan.  He can be deceived and manipulated, just as you can.  He is desperately in need of mercy, just as you are. 

Those who are best equipped to war for righteousness and truth are those who have faced and acknowledged the evils in their own souls and have been broken by My mercy.  To be an instrument of peace, you have to put down the gavel of judgement.  It doesn’t mean tolerance of or compromise with evil.  It means you see your fellow man as a prisoner of war.  The real enemy is not the man but the one who holds him captive.

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