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.


SONG: Kevin Levar – A Heart That Forgives


End Result

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The Way to GOD

The Way to GOD? Jesus Christ

Bridge over Sins

Merry Christmas, His gift to us is sins forgiven and an eternity in Heaven. 

 

 

 

Through the Cross

 

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

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SONG:  Micah Tyler – Directions – (with lyrics) (2016)

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I will Stay with You

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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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Testing

Testing

House Fire

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Life as a Christian in a world with evil and sin all around us is bound to be trying at times. Instead of relying on our prowess we should look to The Word of GOD for answers:   

James 1:2-4 ESV 

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

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GOD is in control

Hurricane

And still Job was allowed to suffer great loss. We may not understand it all now but one day we will.

 

James 1:12 ESV 

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Something of Great Value Often is Produced From Great Stress

Proverbs 17:3 ESV

The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.

 

Molten Metal

 


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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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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.

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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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Evil Comes from Sin

Evil Comes from Sin

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Today people shy away from talking about sin because The Bible teaches we all are sinners and many people refuse to accept this. Yes we all are sinners from the most horrible dictator to the shop lifter who takes an apple. In human terms there is a difference but to GOD sin is sin:

Romans 3:23 ESVEvil Comes from Sin

Stained Glass

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

All Have Sinned

By the Standard of GOD sinners deserve death

Garbage and Trash

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.

Ephesians 2:8-10 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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.Evil Comes from Sin

One Hope; one Way; one Jesus

John 14:6 ESV 

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 

GOD offers Beauty

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