In high school, I was on a debate team. One question sticks firmly in my mind:

“Who said, ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand?’ “

I wanted to answer: “Jesus Christ in Mark 3,” but that was not the answer they were seeking. I gave them the answer they wanted – “Abraham Lincoln.”

Mark 3:24, 25, “A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse. Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart.” New Living Translation

My family is gathering to celebrate Christmas today. (We postponed everything after my father-in-law’s death.) This was the perfect day to read Mark 3:25.

Satan hates families. A comment today could hurt or offend another family member. We can refuse to accept the hurt or offense. We can forgive.

There may be an awkward moment. Awkward moments pass and they don’t kill us. We cannot let anything divide us. We have to forgive and ask for forgiveness when unintentional hurts happen.

Dear Father God,

Thank You for sending Your Son. Put a guard over my mouth. Don’t let me say anything that will hurt others. Put a filter over my ears. Don’t let me hear anything and take it the wrong way. Bless our time together.

In Jesus Name,


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