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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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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I will Stay with You

Happy Thanksgiving

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I will Stay with You​

In Old-age
In Illness

 

Making a commitment is easy but keeping it may not be so. In marriage we agree “for better or worse”; can we live up to it? When a spouse lets you down? Is not all you expected? Becomes ill? Is dying? Comfort the dying by remaining with them and reassuring them of you love and GOD’S Love.

James 5:12 ESV

But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.  

Comrades
Nurses Vietnam’s Women’s Memorial

US Armed Forces we shall leave no one behind

The Warrior Ethos: Why We Leave No One Behind

 

Jesus is with us

Matthew 28:20 ESV

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Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

End of Life

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Christians Responding to a Threat

Christians Responding to a Threat

Defense

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Threat: What is a threat?
What Kind of threat? Does it matter?  Yes.
Let us see what the Bible tells us:

Romans 12:17 ESV 

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.
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After King Saul became obsessed with killing David there were times when David could have killed King Saul but did not.
READ:  1 Samuel 24 New International Version (NIV)

“. . . . ’” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.”

David could have killed King Saul who was a sever threat but did not.

Ageless Sword Protection

Jesus told Peter to put away his sword in the Garden of Gethsemane when Judas betrayed Him and He was about to be lead away.

John 18:11 ESV

So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

 
 
What about threats to you and your family?
Bandit
Bully

Exodus 22:2-3 ESV

If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him, but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.

Much more to learn: Do not Murder; God may be the avenger; Jesus advocates turning the other cheek in some cases . . . 

A Biblical Argument for Self Defense: Wayne Grudem

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The Human Tongue

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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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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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Be in the Moment

Be in the Moment

Mists

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We are but a mist that fades away.

28James 4:13-17 ESV 

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Put priority on things from above and eternity

 

Matthew 6:33-34 ESV

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  

Our plans fade in the light of the Lord

Just Another Day

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.    

Sunlight on the Grass

 

Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  


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GOD Jesus Holy Spirit

GOD Jesus Holy Spirit

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GOD: Creator;  the Law Giver

Colossians 1:16 ESV 

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

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Jesus Christ: Fulfilled the Law gave us forgiveness and an opportunity of an When you accept Christ you also receive The Holy Spirit eternity with GOD

Matthew 5:17-20 ESV

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom When you accept Christ you also receive The Holy Spirit.

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The Holy Spirit: Fills believers with a new spirit.

When you accept Christ you also receive The Holy Spirit

Acts 2:1-47 ESV

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. …

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When you accept Christ you also receive The Holy Spirit

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