This is a question that I believe begs to be answered. Where is the beef? I’m not talking burgers here today… I’m talking that issue you have with your fellow-man.
If each of us were to be honest, we’d have to admit that there is one, if not more, who we really have an issue with. It could be some kid who bullied you in school. Chances are it’s a relative. Some folks have enemies that, at one time, were considered their best friend. I’d find it hard to believe that everybody wouldn’t be able to relate with what I’m saying with the exception of my mother. Besides her, we all have those with whom we have a “Beef”.
And we wonder why the church can’t gain more ground. The Lord made it clear that a good relationship with others needs to be something that we actively pursue. I don’t have to provide you with scripture for that because if you know anything about God’s word, you know it’s true. He instructed us to love our neighbor as ourselves. He told us to love our enemies. Jesus said that if we don’t forgive others that God won’t forgive us. He even tells us, if there is an issue between us and a brother, to stop worshiping Him, get up and go reconcile with your brother first!
If this is the will of our Father (That we be right with others), don’t you think it obvious that our adversary would want us at odds with each other?! The real problem is that we’ve bought into Satan’s lie. The real “Beef” isn’t with that obstinate relative, your overbearing boss man, or the childhood bully! So, if my problem isn’t with these with whom I’ve taken issue, then who is it with?
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
Our beef is with the powers of hell that seek to keep each and every one of us defeated. Paul writes that our struggle is not with other humans (Flesh and blood) but with Satan himself!
When we choose to hold grudges or harbor a chip on our shoulder, we are nothing more than pawns in the hand of the devourer. It’s clear, by what Christ teaches us in His word, that conflict with us and others creates conflict between us and our Father in Heaven! You may think you have a right to be mad at so and so because of what he or she said or did to you but the truth is… NO YOU DON’T. Your disdain needs to be redirected at the principalities, powers and rulers of the darkness of this world.
Here’s a bold statement but I can back it up with the word of God… If you aren’t willing to make things right with that person or those people with whom you’ve black listed, don’t bother going to church this Sunday. Your worship will fall upon deaf ears (Matt. 5:23, 24).
Revival would break out all over the world if the body of Christ would recognize where the “Beef” is and therefore make peace with those with whom we’ve made war for so long.