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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Proverbs 24 ♥ REVENGE ♥

Good evening girls! Good to have you here today!

This evening I'd like to share with you what the Lord revealed to my heart through this chapter. You probably got something else out of it...would you like to share with us?

There are two types of people who we can come into contact with in life, apart from friends and family, and they are our enemies and also our acquaintances (people we know, live beside, work with).

It's not nice to think we may have enemies. An enemy is a person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something (just like Satan is towards Christians); an enemy is also something that weakens or harms someone or something. Sometimes people turn against us and have no time for us and we don't even know the reason why. We think of all the things we might have said and done to annoy them and generally we can come up with little or nothing. Often it is a personality clash. Sometimes it is because someone has held a grudge for a long time and no matter what we do, things will never be on a friendly level. Also, someone might be your enemy and you aren't even aware of this.

Humanly speaking, there may be times when this 'enemy' has said or done something against you and you rehearse in your mind all the things you'd like to say or do to them. But God says in verses 17 & 18, that we are not to even gloat if something bad happens to them. We are not to quietly smirk to ourselves and say "Serves them right!". We are to take control of our emotions and not even let our heart be happy because they "got what they deserved". God is definitely not happy with this kind of heart attitude so we must do the right thing and steer clear of such thoughts.

And then it isn't always something concerning our enemy; it could be something to do with a person who we know, maybe even quite well. God says in verses 28 & 29 that we are not to tell lies about someone and especially not when they are innocent. We are not to tell lies or even half truths, where we just give the part of the story that suits us and makes us look like the victim. We must not be deceitful.

And we most certainly are not to say to ourselves, "I'll do the exact same thing to him or her because that's what they did to me and we'll see how they like it!". I'm sure there are times when this thought has crossed our minds about certain difficult people. But this is a sin. God is not impressed and it just makes us as bad as the other person. Isn't it just as well that our lovely Saviour wasn't of this mind set when Herod, Pilate, the Scribes, the Pharisees and Judas all did Him harm? Instead of feelings of revenge and harm, Christ looked upon sinners with a love and compassion that we often cannot understand...simply because it is divine and spiritual. This is why it is so important for us to ask the Lord to give us a tender compassion for others; not just for the unsaved, but also for other Christians. We need to be forgiving and merciful towards those who have hurt and wronged us, just as the Lord did for us.

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Here’s a prayer you can say when you need to look upon others with mercy. We all need mercy. Resist the temptation to condemn or judge, and see others as Jesus sees you. He is the one that elevates us higher, and we all have an equal right to his forgiveness and love.

Hugs, Karen x

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