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An Irreconcilable Difference

I am not a fan of the bickering and tattling that is the customary form of communication between my girls.  It is my least favorite part of parenting.  I can now anticipate it with great precision at the first hint of irritation. After five years, the scene is quite predictable. The descent begins when one sister expresses her annoyance with a pinch in her voice; interaction quickly deteriorates from there.  The scene normally ends with one child storming into my presence, presenting a plea for vindication.  The other bursts in, and both begin recounting the fray simultaneously.  In the end, they want me to choose a side.

In life, there is much the same kind of battle – the incompatibility of selfishness and submission.  Will I go my own way – giving in to my selfish desires, looking out for #1?  Or will I submit to Jesus – admitting my need for a Savior, acknowledging what He wants for me is always better than what I want for myself? The irreconcilable difference between the two is as universal and constant as that of two sisters.

In Ephesians, Paul describes the war between light and darkness, between life and death.  We either choose to live in light through Jesus or in darkness.  We are either alive in Christ or dead in our sin.  An irreconcilable difference.  And we have to choose a side…

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