"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this."-Isaiah, the Prophet 9:6-10
Our Lord truly is the Prince of peace, and yet he came into a sinful wicked world that hates Him, and so he knew He would be the cause for division. Jesus causes relationships to become fractured and embittered.
And yet, Jesus also causes sinners to come together and to have love one for another, doesn't He.
He wants us to know the whole of His truth, and some of it is not that pretty, as we might want it to be.
In the world today, and the Church, the bad things are being pushed aside, and every thing is supposedly "positive". That's how my local Christian radio station, WRBS wants it to be:--and they try very hard to make it seem like there's nothing to be negative about, because we can look at life as positive; always positive. Yet, the Bible will have us hear the whole truth of the good and bad in this age. And this is a healthy way to walk through this world. The truth is in us, and so we walk in the truth; the entire truth of God's Word. The truth about sin, hell, and as our Lord puts it, "the sword" He brings into this world, and even our families is a necessary truth for our hearts to know and consume.
May we learn to embrace all of God's truth. Amen.