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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How Many gods do Humans Worship

Humans Worship and have Worshiped many gods

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We Christians Worship One GOD

1 Timothy 2:5 ESV 

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

Trinity

We believe in one GOD  three persons: Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. That should not be too great a mystery since GOD created us in GOD’S likeness – we are flesh, mind and soul are we not? Many of my Christian Brothers and Sisters may say I am over simplifying the Trinity with that metaphor yet, it gives those of us who are less philosophical something to help us to understand (akin to a triangle, water-ice-vapor, a three leaf clover, egg shell-egg white-egg yolk and on to ever more complex illustrations).

Matthew 28:19 ESV

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Water

 

Consider this: GOD comes to and came to us. We can do nothing except believe, trust Jesus and worship.

All we need to know is contained in the Bible. Old Covenant and New Covenant.

Love of God

All we need to do is accept The Grace of GOD offered by the Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus Christ and allow The Holy Spirit to teach and guide us. We do good because we then know what good is and appreciate that because of Jesus we will experience the GOD’S Mercy for eternity. We want to worship out of gratitude and share the Good News with all people.

Romans 6:23 ESV 

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Worshiping God


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Does Life Make Sense

Does Life Make Sense​

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To and Fro

Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

Wondering

Having lived a long life I have learned that much of which I thought I knew was in error or limited by ignorance on my part. It seems that lately I find myself murmuring, “I never knew that”.  Sometimes I simply recognize that I have changed my perspective and that has altered my thoughts. So many things seem to flip-flop as well: eggs are not good for you . . . eggs are good for you; aspirin is good now its bad and so on. Humans know all about “blank” no wait that is all wrong it is “blank”. Take comfort in knowing:

Hebrews 13:8 ESV 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Everlasting

 

Humans Have A Special Relationship with GOD and Creation

Genesis 1:26 ESV 

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Dominion is responsible and compassionate stewardship not greedy exploitation: Read the Bible

Read This

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Seek GOD’S way and trust GOD for guidance.

A Family

Psalm 150:6 ESV

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!


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No Perfection Found on Earth

 
Happy Place

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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

The Universe

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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

Christ Is Enough – Hillsong Worship

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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.

Jesus​_
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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The Human Tongue

Weapon of Mass Destruction or Mass Good?39

War

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If a leader is in charge of a powerful military armed with a great many weapons that can inflict great harm and this leader orders their use it is the tongue that unleashed the harm, just as much as the military and its weapons. Words are powerful.  If a spouse says I love you or instead I hate you, the recipient is either uplifted or devastated. If your son or daughter is encouraged or discouraged it most likely came from your words. Likewise teachers and students, bosses and employees . . . etc.

A Tongue Looks Innocent

39Proverbs 18:21 ESV

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

Human Weapon

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.

Sassy Woman

Can you control your tongue?

James 3:1-18 ESV

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! …    

Starwars Stormtroopers

 


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Be Still Be Quiet Be Open

Be Still, Be Quiet, Be Open.

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Be Still

Stillness
Slow down; meditate; pray; read GOD’S Word and ponder it.

Psalm 46:10 ESV 

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

 

Psalm 37:7 ESV 

StillnessBe still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

Be Quiet

QuietRead about Elijah, especially note 1 Kings 19:12 (ESV)

Read about Elijah, especially note 1 Kings 19:12 (ESV)

Remove distractions; Get away from noise; Listen to your thoughts

James 1:19 ESV

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

StillnessProverbs 17:28 ESV 

Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Be Open

Outside the Box
GOD’S Way
Read about Elijah, especially note 1 Kings 19:12 (ESV)Respond to GOD; Adjust to GOD’S truth; Be willing to serve GOD

Hebrews 4:12 ESV

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.Read about Elijah, especially note 1 Kings 19:12 (ESV)


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Parting Thought

Read about Elijah, especially note 1 Kings 19:12 (ESV)

12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.[a]

 


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Science and GOD

Science and GOD

Surgery

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Math

GOD as The Creator is the cause for our existence. The Book of Genesis is a beautiful description of the process: whether you believe it literally,  allegorically or  metaphorical I will not debate that here.  Whatever we are GOD has equipped us with the ability to learn, share knowledge, and understand more about existence and the cosmos collectively. Humans also make use of what is learned in the form of applied science – technology. Unfortunately because we have free will (as did the Fallen Angles) we can and do make bad choices.  The Bible teaches we have a selfish and sinful nature that only can be overcome by accepting The Sacrificial Death of Jesus Christ. However,we still must apply determination and acquire Biblical Knowledge in order to live the life as a Christian.  

2 Peter 1:5 ESV

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,

Space
Physical Being


GOD Gave us Intelligence and a Mind

Library

With brain power we can learn about and make use of nature: this is a gift from GOD. The scientific method and medical science are examples. We must remember always we are the created not the creator.

 

Proverbs 18:15 

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

We must remember always we are the created not the creator.

 


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GOD’s Ways

GOD’s Ways

Peace and Love

 

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I have on several occasions explained that human standards and GOD’s standards are not the same (like it or not; agree or disagree), if it were not so, GOD would not be GOD. Warm and fuzzy, “Fire and Brimstone”, Judge, Mercy Grantor, or Chastiser? Same GOD, DIFFERENT SITUATIONS.  

Hippie flower children gushing with love: yes

but not always.

Peace

Satan challenged GOD and was cast out of heaven; Adam and Eve sinned and were cast out of the Garden of Eden; Humans were so depraved GOD had Noah build an Arch for himself and his righteous family and representatives of all living creatures, then destroyed all the sinners in a flood – along with everything else.

 

Fallen Angel

Isaiah 40:11 ESV

He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 ESV 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It ​does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

Moses was angry on GOD’S behalf after seeing the Golden Calf ? Yes.

Moses was a great leader but succumbed to the constant grumbling of “the ​”chosen people” as they wandered in the wilderness.

Read: Numbers 20:2 – 13

Moses Striking the Rock:
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Moses and Aaron struck a rock to obtain water for the people as they had done previously, however, GOD had instructed them to speak to the rock in order to obtain water.  This disobedience cost them entry into the “Promised Land”.

 

​_Heaven or Hell: Yes, but Jesus offers peace with GOD – avoidance of Hell and an Eternity in heaven.

Fiery Judgement

Romans 6:23 ESV 

For the wages of sin is death (hell*), but the free gift of God is eternal life (heaven*) in Christ Jesus our Lord.

*I added these words for clarity.


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Reap What You Sow

Reap What You Sow

Harvest

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Galatians 6:7 ESV

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

Sow
Reap

 

 

 

 

This seems so evident yet people still deceive themselves so easily. Last Sunday our pastor reminded us of this truth as he  expounded on the story of King Saul and David. It reverberated in me because coupled with a decadent culture’s decline was the insistence that people do what is right in their own mind and ignore GOD. The irony? They act so surprised hen they reap the consequences of their actions.

Theft and jail time

Reckless driving; tickets, accidents and higher insurance rates. 

Carelessness with hygiene (even sex) a disease or illness.

Rotten

Proverbs 22:8 ESV

Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.

Illness

However, Sow Good and Reap Good

Luke 6:38 ESV 

Seeds

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together,running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”  

Wheat

When you do what is right while it is not guaranteed, you are more likely to reap a positive reward. Clean living with fairness and adherence to the ways of GOD encourages positive results: health, stable family and confidence in your abilities to make way in this world.  


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