Food for ThoughtMatthew 12:25 Kingdom Living
Food for Thought
An Guide to Kingdom Living. True Christian living requires us to live according to Kingdom standards which bring Heaven to earth

By Marni Montanez

Matthew 12:25 Modern English Version

Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation. And every city or house divided against itself will not stand.

What would it be like in Christendom,  if we spoke and did only good and positive things to each other, taking our negative attitudes or struggles only to God?

Or what would it be like if Christians could trust other Christians wholeheartedly…… always protect and stand united?   

If this happened, it would be a different kingdom and a different world.

A kingdom, city or household that turns on itself whether by word or deed, will be destroyed from within; by its own hand.

Words, attitudes and behaviors can affect those around us in a negative or positive way, depending on what we are putting out there.    

There are so many wounded people in this world and when each of us choose to use uplifting and encouraging words and actions, we bring the light of love into our midst. This light is full of healing and trust.   Too many of us are defending ourselves with anger or harshness, when what is needed is a bold gentleness.  

I’ve heard it said that hurt people hurt people.  This can be so true in our culture.  But in the world of Christianity, we have the Holy Spirit to give us grace to be able to treat others well.   When God relates to us, it is always from a place of love.   It is said that love is a choice, and if that is the case, we can also choose to be loving and respectful when encountering others.  Jesus died because God loves the world.  This world includes other human beings and living beings like animals.  

We have the capacity and the ability to choose not to gossip about others; the choice not to judge others; the choice to love someone else and accept them. We have choices to stand united and sometimes it is a challenge, but it is still our decision whether to act in love or be unloving.   The enemy doesn’t have to do much to stir up those who are easily offended.  It is our offense that causes us to attack others. We must see each other as God sees. Jesus died for all of us because we all need salvation.   None are exempt.  Don’t stand on your emotions.  They will ebb and flow, but stand in obedience to God’s way of interacting with others.  With love.  

Challenge:    Each time you are in the presence of another human being, be mindful of your attitude, actions and words and make a conscious choice to see them with the eyes of Christ.

Every single one of us can complain about something regarding another, and every single one of us in Christ have the wisdom and grace to offer kindness and acceptance.  

God Bless


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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.