“The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one”
Jesus was explaining the parable of the weeds to His disciples. He revealed that our society will include those who belong to Him – the sons of the kingdom – and those who do not – the sons of the evil one. The final separation will only take place at ‘the end of the age.’
Clearly then there will always be people around us by whom we are challenged, annoyed and threatened. It is no use our complaining to each other about them because they are not going to go away – either as individuals or as groups. On the contrary we will have to relate to them because we will encounter them at every level of our lives and living.
Jesus directions in these situations are clear.
- “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44)
- “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.” (Proverbs 25:21)
Our love for the Lord and our commitment to Him should guard us and keep us from descending to their levels. We need to ensure that we do not allow ourselves to be led astray and find that we are becoming involved in their lifestyles. Instead we should seek to display something of the love and purity of the Lord which will become a blessing to them – even if they do not perceive it at the time.
Keep praying for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and protection – and for those who offend.
Lord God please protect me from those who are not of You. Help me not to go astray but to share Your light, life and love wherever I am. Amen.