Storehouse Of Love

The word devil comes to us from the Greek word diabolos, which means “to divide.” The devil uses every tactic possible to pit us against each other. Has there ever been a time when you have witnessed more hatred, vitriol, division, or acrimony in the world? To combat this bitter divisiveness, we Christians need to dig a little deeper into the storehouse of God’s love. Please read more.

The devil loves chaos and right now our world is full of it. The political divide between right and left, between conservative and liberal, between democracy and socialism is stark and uncompromising. Many people still use every chance possible to sow racial discord. The cacophony of words over the abortion topic has hit a fever pitch. The topic of illegal immigration is a volatile issue. Socialized medicine verses private health care is a scorching hot topic. And finally, of course the stark division between Jews, Christians, and Muslims is ever ongoing.

More recently, the topics of mask wearing and vaccines has split family member against family member, neighbor against neighbor and friend against friend. Both sides of the debate are uncompromising and unwilling to even listen to, or attempt to understand, the concerns of the others.

And, if worldly divisions are not enough today, the division within Christianity itself is often on the front page of the paper. Almost every denomination has split over the gay marriage issue. Catholics are spilt into two camps over several issues. There is a divide over the “Ordinary Form,” verses the “Extraordinary Form,” of the mass, between Latin and the vernacular of the people and even between those who either love or dislike Pope Francis.

Protestant Churches are also divided. There are now too many denominations to list. We have Anabaptists, Anglicans, Baptists, Lutherans, Methods, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, and non-denominational churches just to name a few. Within each of these, there are fractures and divisions. Making the news most recently, was the divide within the Southern Baptist Convention over critical race theory.

Okay, by now you see my point. We, as a people, are divided over just about every possible issue. Unfortunately, Christians are as divided as non-believers. So, what can we do to combat the seeds of discord sowed by the evil one?

We can start by recognizing the devils hand in all of this. He loves this chaos. Division is his number one weapon. When ever we see division, it is a safe bet that the devil has his hand in it somehow.  We need to also recognize that Jesus desires us to have unity. In John 17:20-22 Jesus prayed the following prayer:

“I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”

There will always be issues in the world that need to be resolved. As Christians we should be a shining example to others. We need to call upon God in prayer and seek His guidance and grace. We need to seek the ability to have differences without being disagreeable.

Mark 7:21 challenges us to look inside ourselves and realize that evil comes from within. It comes from our heart. This is where Satan has planted these seeds of division. To fix the world, to heal its wounds and to repair its scars we must first ask God to help us fix, heal, and mend our own heart.

Going forward, each time we enter into a debate or a discussion with someone who has opposing views to ours, whether that person is a family member, friend, neighbor, work colleague or even an enemy, let’s try to keep the words from an old southern gospel song in our heart. The song is called, Dig a Little Deeper in God’s Love. Here are a few of the lyrics:

“Lord, I wanna walk a little more like my Jesus would

I wanna talk a little more like a Christian should

I wanna dig a little deeper in the store house

Of His love, of His love”

If we can always remember to talk with God first before engaging in debate, there is a far better chance for a non-acrimonious outcome. Personally, I am worn down by all of the shouting and division. Are you? Sadly, I must also admit, that I sometimes fall prey to joining into that division. I must pray hard to always respond in a Christ-like manner.

Weary from all of the shouting and division, I thought I would leave you today with three separate uplifting versions of the song Dig A Little Deeper. Each should bring a smile to your face. Let’s all dig a little deeper into the storehouse of God’s love. Click each link below and enjoy some toe tapping music.

Gaither Vocal Band

The Cathedrals

The Fairfield Four

Heavenly Father, Jesus gave the world this message, “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” Help me always to hold onto this truth and send your Holy Spirit to always guide my words. In Jesus name I pray. Amen!

AMDG

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6 Comments

  1. Avatar Joseph B Galloway on September 14, 2021 at 10:17 am

    I love the Cathedral’s version – reminds me of my days as a Baptist. And there’s another song that supports this message – a great gospel song, though he, and everyone else probably never thought of it that way. It is Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror, “If we want to make the world a better place, just look at yourself and make the change.” Well said.

    • Brian Pusateri Brian Pusateri on September 14, 2021 at 10:20 am

      Joe

      You are right that’s says the same thing!

      Brian

  2. Avatar Carmen Pantoja-Perez on September 14, 2021 at 9:22 am

    At times I read your messages and do not feel or get it. When you add music to seal the message it is like angels have come down just for me. The message is crystal clear. I love all three versions of the songs in today’s message. My favorite was the Fairfield Four. I loved how they praised the Lord not only with their voices, but with their hands, lifting them up to the Lord, with their bodies, dancing their praises to the Lord. I have been in a slump and the Holy Spirit has reached me in today’s message and the Fairfield Four’s physical message. This is how I grew up praising the Lord, singing, raising my arms and dancing all around the house and church to the Lord. Thank you for bringing me back to my roots.

    • Brian Pusateri Brian Pusateri on September 14, 2021 at 10:19 am

      Carmen

      Amen! I am so happy to hear that this message and these songs touched you!

      Brian

  3. Avatar Pam Rice on September 14, 2021 at 6:25 am

    Thanks Brian,
    This is an awesome message . It’s full of faith and your call from Christ to take on an apostolate that has blessed multitudes of Christians and perhaps even non Christians who have grown to know, love, and perhaps even served God and our Savior, Jesus Christ.
    All of us who have benefited from your letters and writings thank you . I bet God is tickled to death with you and your commitment to help initiate and build the love and faith in God in all your readers. May God continue to bless you with your stills of communicating as you continue to anchor us into His love and care for all of us.
    My prayer for you is that Our Loving God will bless you with improved health & endurance to keep on-keeping on in this remarkable and inspiring apostolate.
    Glad to be Your Sister-in-Christ,
    Pam Rice

    • Brian Pusateri Brian Pusateri on September 14, 2021 at 6:27 am

      Pam

      Thank you for your very kind words and prayers. May God richly bless you as well.

      Brian

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