Our world is in disarray; it’s possessed by demons at every station in life. People are enamored in hate and think it’s perfectly OK to swear and curse and cuss out others in public. Yet we cry out to God and seek redemption but think nothing happens. We start believing what the devil’s telling us: that God is not listening.
We claim to be of faith but our words betray us. We talk of moral righteousness yet the same mouths spew hatred and slander for others. That’s what fallen humans do.
God tells us not talk out of both sides of our mouth: “Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre.” — 1 Timothy 3:8
Our words reveal our true character and nature. We say one thing but do something totally opposite.
“For out of the heart come evil thoughts — murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” Matthew 15:19 NIV
Sure, it’s easy for us to sit and think about all those who sin against us and who need to get right with God but what’s coming out of our own mouths?
God told us to love one another — the ones who are nice to us and the ones who aren’t.
Do we really show love for our neighbor or co-worker? Do you consistently lift him up or only when things are going right for you or if he’s done something nice for you?
It’s certainly is easy to be down on everything when life is kicking you in the face. It’s easy to think you’re alone. But you’re not. That’s just the devil trying to convince us otherwise.
God knows like we should to not expect everyone to get this. Some will. Some will say they do, but their words and actions will always betray what’s really on their hearts. Politicians will talk of human compassion but will pepper their speeches with hateful taunts to those who oppose them. Family members will and never seek forgiveness expecting others to just deal with it.
So where do these behaviors leave us? They take us right back to the beginnings of our Christian walk. God told us to pray for others — the ones we like and the ones we don’t like. We are told to forgive and forget. We are not told to hate. Ever.
Forgive them as He forgives us. (Matthew 6:12). You can’t change anyone. You can only forgive them, pray for them and continually left them up through the Power of the Cross.
You do this for you. Don’t expect this to be reciprocated. It has already been shown to you that you’re not going to get it.
People will say they’re not nice to you because you’re not nice to them. The world will blame you, fault you, and criticize every word you utter. Others will doubt you, slander you, and hang you on a Cross. Pray for them nevertheless. That’s what they need. They are ones spewing hate. You don’t have to be “THAT” person.
How people treat you will neither open nor close the gates of Heaven for you. It’s how you treat others that will. What you say and how you react will reveal your heart.
You can pray for God to fix your situation but know He already has. How many times does He have to tell you? He played the game and won. Now it’s time for you to do your part.
If you have faith you will know He has already beaten the sin and anguish and torment in your life. Are you like the disciples? Do you walk with God but fail to have faith in what He has done?
I’m sure you do. We all do. That’s why our Heavenly host has to tell us the rules over and over again. Maybe that’s why we need heaven: we’re a hard-headed lot. It could take some of us an eternity to figure this out
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