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.
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
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?
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:
“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.
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.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
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
seem to “have it all together” at least upon superficial examination Audio Sermons too Learn by: _https://www.calvaryleh.org/audio-sermons_ but, if pressed they may be like many of us living a life left to hoped for capricious serendipity maybe, capricious zemblanity or calamity. As Christians our fate is secure in Christ and our life style should be serving GOD as we learn more about GOD and become more like Jesus.
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.
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.
GOD is in control
And still Job was allowed to suffer great loss. We may not understand it all now but one day we will.
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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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.
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.
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! …
SONG: Lord, You Put A Tongue In My Mouth Song Lyrics Video
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also 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.
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.”
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.
SONG: Margaret Allison & The Angelic Gospel Singers – “You Reap What You Sow” from the DVD 50 Years “LIVE” In Birmingham.
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.
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.
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.
SONG: Get Together – The Youngbloods – with lyrics
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:
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