How to Break the Cycle of Revenge

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How to Break the Cycle of Revenge

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My Sisters and Brothers in Christ surely you must know how destructive a cycle of revenge  is: The Bible is clear about that and so is the message Jesus gave on how to avoid or stop this human violent characteristic.

Romans 12:19 ESV 

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”what Jesus said about violence

Revenge

I am not referring to self defense for even the Disciples carried swords. The sense here is forgive an offense and set it aside – or forget it.      

How Destructive is this Violent Cycle?

Affects all Involved

Look to history, yet, wars of annihilation and genocide are still taking place even now. Tribes, nations, countries, races, religions  even families. Feuds, revolutions, terrorism and hate fuel these cycles. Jesus taught a better way:

Matthew 5:38-39 ESV 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.


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End Result

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Where are you going Christian?

Where are You Going

Where are you going Christian?

Philippians 3:13-14 ESV

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Ten-commandments

What are you doing Christian?

Colossians 3:17 ESV 

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Honesty

Why are you doing that Christian?

James 1:22 ESV

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Map and Compass

Where are You Going  It has been my experience that most people do not like to be questioned. Calling into question what we are all about and what we think we hope to ​_achieve can be an uncomfortable experience. A few

Signs

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No Perfection Found on Earth

 
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If you seek perfection on Earth it’s going to take awhile . . .

. . . . and aside from driving you crazy and disappointed you will have missed many good things and wasted too much of your time.

Happiness

Being content does not mean everything is perfect “out there”  but it means that despite that imperfection everything can be bearable (perhaps a bit better than that) “inside of us”.

Contentment

 

_Philippians 4:11-12 ESV

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger,abundance and need.​_

Content with Life

Do Not Waste Your Like Seeking the Unattainable

Luke 12:15 ESV 

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Calm

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And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

GOD Does not Need Things

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GOD Does not Need Things

Treasure

Our GOD does not need things not even sacrifices for sin since Jesus paid the price for inequity for all time. So why do we worship, make offerings, confess sin and strive to do good? Yes these please GOD but the processes are for our benefit. By doing these things we are reminded that we are part of GOD’S creation and the definitions of “Good” and “Evil”  derived from GOD’S standards – as revealed in The Bible.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

GOD Loves us Unconditionally

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Worshiping God

Romans 5:8 ESV

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

GOD will not love us less or love us more  based on our  actions or omissions. The things we do that GOD enjoys is for our benefit: a better life, blessings, rejecting evil desiring to learn more each day about GOD and the ways of doing things. ALL FOR OUR BENEFIT.

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When we accept that we are sinners and that Jesus paid the ultimate price for sin by dying on the cross GOD sees us covered by the righteousness of Jesus. We are Saved. 
 

If you need to be told what GOD wants start here:

 

Matthew 22:37-40 

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and ​_with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”


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What does the Most Harm

What does the Most Harm?

 

Nightmares

 

Cigarettes

Overt deliberate action, unknown effects or unintended consequences? Any of the above  can and often do cause harm. What can add to the negative results are subterfuge, callous disregard or unconcern for others.

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Flood
Fire

Proverbs 18:21 ESV

 

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Once David sinned with Bathsheba he wanted to conceal his sin; he then first wanted her husband Uriah to come home from the war and sleep with her on the pretense he needed his report but that failed . . . 

 

2 Samuel 11:11 ESV

Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah dwell in booths, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.”What does the Most Harm

He then created a plan for him to be out in front of the troops and the army to withdraw and leave him exposed to the enemy alone

 

2 Samuel 12:14-17 ESV

14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die.” 16 And as Joab was besieging the city, he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew there were valiant men. 17 And the men of the city came out and fought with Joab, and some of the servants of David among the people fell. Uriah the Hittite also died.

 
David did harvest negative consequences because of his sinning.
 

 

Warnings
Tower of Pisa
 

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Signs of Troubled Days

Signs of Troubled Days

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2 Timothy 3:1-7  (ESV)

Godlessness in the Last Days
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But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 

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This letter to Timothy (part of The New Testament in The Bible) was written by (ST) Paul the Apostle almost 2000 years ago; no doubt truth about the nature of humans was recognized then, before then and even now. In the interest of Christians the description given of “the times” is a prophetic warning for unbelievers about the second coming of Christ and the “end times”.


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Dynamic Christianity

More than a Religion *

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Christianity is a Relationship With GOD

More than a Religion

We refer to Christianity as “a religion” but that is only a classification of convenience because it is a relationship. When humans have a relationship (and even many other creatures) we say it is one of give and take (symbiotic). Of course the relationship with GOD is even beyond that, since we see Jesus as part of the GOD Trinity and he as King. Still, when we study the Bible we quickly discover this relationship aspect as a “Covenant” or contract with GOD. GOD makes promises and we make promises.  How we teach each other about GOD evolves to reflect changes in geopolitical and anthropological differences. The Biblical truths reflect customs, languages and  the different needs of people.  What does not change in this dynamic relationship, is the truths and standards of GOD; nor our position as created beings verses The Creator GOD.

Romans 8:37-39 ESV

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  

 

When we confess our sin we are forgiven then we  become a child of GOD;

GOD’S Spirit Gives Peace

accepting Jesus we are the recipients of the unconditional love of GOD; even our faults cannot change that. GOD did love us even before we accepted Christ but after salvation our eternity is sealed.

1 John 1:9 ESV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.


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Words of Hope

Words of Hope: (ST) Paul Apostle Called by Christ

Storm Coming Danger*

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  Paul writing to the Thessalonians encouraging them and clarifying details of the return of Jesus and the resurrection of the believes who “have fallen asleep” (died):  

1 Thessalonians 4:16 ESV

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

Watchful Eyes
Watchful Eyes
Prepared
Night Vision Watch

You may have heard that Jesus will come as a thief in the night (without warning) but we know more than that because we have the Word of GOD.

1 Thessalonians 5:4 ESV

But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.

1 Thessalonians 5:5 ESV

For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.  

Jesus Returns in Glory

The Rapture and Resurrection – I Will Rise – Song by Chris Tomlin


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A Dark Pessimistic Theory

A Dark Pessimistic Theory

Scorched Earth

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Self imposed population control: drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, risky behavior, abortion, infanticide, genocide and assisted  suicide. Without trust in GOD all these thing can be twisted to convince people they serve humanity by allowing a better life for the survivors: more living space, more food, more things . . . . etc. Historically this reminds me of the 1930’s and 1940’s on our planet. What does GOD say?

 

1 Timothy 2:3-4 ESV

This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Apocalypse

This morning I read a blog post that explained that many streams, rivers and lakes have become unsafe to swim in (let alone drink) because lazy or cheap vacationers with campers discharge the waste from their toilets in to these waters. One comment suggested they may also let it drain as the drive along a highway. This is selfish abuse and sin. No respect for others or our planet. GOD indicated to use what we need and not abuse and waste the rest. Getting pleasure from destructive practices (killing for pleasure) is Sin.

This is more than a spiritual truth.

A person must be alive in order accept Christ and gain eternal life. To live means food, air, water, safety, good health . . . .etc. Harvest and slaughter only what is needed for food.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.        

Do not scoff and be deceived: GOD will judge all.

Revelation
Judgement

2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

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Honor GOD 5 Wisdom

Honor GOD 5 Wisdom

Wisdom not Perfection

OK some people these days consider the Bible a great piece of literature, a collection of myths and a source of wisdom – perhaps some consider it all the above. As a Christian I know it is GOD’S Word. The literature, history and wisdom built in.  Before I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior I read The Book of Proverbs. I was so impressed the awe never left me.  Humans have several secular sources of wisdom and their own practical wisdom earned from experience but, GOD presents aspects humans typically do not develop on their own – especially when GOD’S Word is taken in aggregate.  

The Wisemen

Proverbs 1:7 ESV

Wisdom with Age

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Where does wisdom come from?

James 1:5 ESV

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

I often say only a systematic study of GOD’S word can yield the greatest meaning to a person. The subtleties and nuances corroborated from one part of scripture to another offer flexible understanding (not legalistic rigidity). We are individuals living our individual lives in the present time that is our time. If you read about the early Church you will see that the apostles were individuals offering insight, knowledge and wisdom to the early believers – and even us today. Only a true believer’s knowledge complemented with wisdom  can guard against apostasy and antichrists.

Beware of false teachers

1 Timothy 4:1 ESV

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,

 


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