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He Rejoices in Song

He rejoices in song.

Zephaniah 3:17
17 The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.” (NIV)

 

As a pastor, I so often hear from people about their inability to attend church when they have sinned greatly. For whatever reason, God has been taught as an angry God who despises us when we have sinned. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is no anger, but He rejoices in song.

Zephaniah was a prophet who first tells of the consequences of Israel’s idolatry. They have begun to worship a false god called Baal and, in their sin, they had moved further from God and He had allowed other nations to come against them. However, it is clear from the beginning that God is not angry with Israel as much as He loves them and wants them back in communion with Him.

He ends his prophecy revealing the heart of God who rejoices over the nation returning to Him with singing. Can you imagine the Lord so wonderfully thrilled to have His children home that He rejoices in song? The Lord spontaneously bursts out in song because He is filled with joy. This is not the heart of an angry God.

The sinful nature has separated us from the knowledge of who God is leaving us without a choice but to see God through our sinful perspective. We assume God must feel the same way we feel about our sin. However, the sinful nature is not working toward our redemption, but our total destruction. The sinful nature does not console us in sin with forgiveness but condemns us as horrible people encouraging us to give up on trying to be anything but a nasty human being.

Stop looking at God through the eyes of your own sin. He has revealed Himself to us in Scripture. We see the love of God and the joy when those who have sinned horribly against Him repent and come home.

Other people will also see our sin through their eyes and if our sin hurt them, they may respond in the sinful nature, even if they are a professing Christian. It’s easy to do. But they are not God and God is not them. God will not rub it in your face, chastise you, embarrass you, or do anything but celebrate your return to Him.

If you have sinned today, there is no need for fear. God has not come to judge or condemn, only to love, forgive, and rescue us from our sin.

Prayer: Lord, help me never to project our viewpoint to your character. Instead, let us block out any thoughts of who You are that do not align with Your Word. Amen.

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The Shame of Sin

The shame of sin.

 

James 5:16
16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (NIV)

 

When Adam and Eve sinned, the first thing they did was hide. This is the power of shame.

 

The human soul was made for love and craves it. Yet, sin has corrupted how we imagine love. The human perception of love is conditional based on worth. When we feel we have handled ourselves well, there is a sense of worth and we feel loveable. But when we have not handled ourselves well, especially if we have sinned, we feel our worth is diminished. Our fear is that people will not love us if they know what we have done. In our shame, we isolate ourselves from anyone who could revive our sense of worth by loving us even when they know what we have done.

 

James gives an alternative. Let us confess our sins one to another. The context is the power of prayer from Godly people. The prayer of the righteous is able to bring healing, forgiveness, and turn back those who have abandoned God. But in each case, there is a need to confess to others what is going on in our life. To let them know when we are suffering be it from sickness, heartache, or shame, we are comforted when they love us anyway through prayer, never condemnation.

 

Shame makes us feel unlovable not only by other people but by God Himself. We know intellectually that God still loves us, but we don’t feel it in our hearts. In times of shame, the heart tends to carry more weight than our intellect. So we hide from people and we hide from God as if He doesn’t know. I can’t tell you how many people feel they can’t come to church when they have committed what they feel is a huge sin.

 

It is the community of believers that keeps loving us which also reminds us that God loves us to give us these people who simply forgive and pray without judgment.

 

James warns us in a way that we should confess to the righteous. There are some too immature to not judge, condemn, or get offended. God has put people like this in your life. We can never be shamed into hiding because of our sin. God knew all our sins and sent Christ to us anyway. His love is greater than our shame.

 

Prayer: Lord, let me trust someone enough to confess that I might know Your forgiveness and unconditional love. Amen.

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Covered by the Blood

Covered by the blood.

1 Peter 2:24
24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (NIV)

 

Scripture reminds us that the life of a creature is in the blood. So now on the cross of Calvary, we have flesh and blood, two distinct entities. Our sin was bored into His flesh, but His flesh was shredded so that our sin was covered by His blood.

 

We see this illustrated in the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament as well. Above the Ark, the Spirit of God rested inside the Holy of Holies in the Temple. Inside the box were items for the people to remember. God had instructed Moses to place a pot of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded with almonds, and the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments. These were all symbols of God’s love, but also a symbol of the people’s rebellion against God.

 

God gave the people just enough manna for each day except for the sixth day when they also got enough for the Sabbath as well. Forty years went by without food except what God provided daily. God did this to teach them how to trust Him because they didn’t trust Him when He wanted to give them the Promised Land. Manna was a miracle, but also discipline because of their failure to trust.

 

Aaron’s staff budded almonds because the people did not like Moses’ and Aaron’s leadership, so they rebelled and tried to usurp authority. God gave them a leader and a priest to help them stay connected to Him and they rejected the ones God appointed. This was the sin of rebellion.

 

The Ten Commandments were the words of a Father wanting the best for His children, but they never stopped breaking the commandments.

 

There was a cover on the Ark where the High Priest would take the blood of the atonement lamb and sprinkle it all over the cover of the Ark so that the signs of the rebellion were covered by the blood. These signs of rebellion were placed inside the wooden box with gold on the inside and out representing Christ who came from the golden throne to a wooden cross and returned to the throne again.

 

Our faith in Christ keeps all of our sin covered by the blood and the life of Jesus Christ. Stop letting guilt and shame rule your mind. Know that your sins are hidden in His perfection covered by His blood. The enemy has nothing to prove you unworthy of God’s goodness.

 

Prayer: Remind me that you bore my sins and they are completed covered by the blood of Christ, hidden in Him so that I can release guilt and shame and live for You in the freedom of my salvation. Amen.

 

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Our Sin Crucified

Death crucified.

Galatians 2:20
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NIV)

 

Paul teaches us that we have been crucified with Christ. That is our self, the self that was full of sin has been symbolically crucified in Christ. Just as God made Jesus to be sin so that it might be put to death in His body, so too, has our sinful flesh been crucified in His death.

 

Before Jesus was crucified, He was whipped with a flagellum resembling the British cat of nine tails. The Roman flagellum had from three to nine strands weighted with lead balls and pieces of bone. The lead balls would cause deep bruising and could easily break the skin. The bone would catch the skin and rip it off the bone. The pain would be beyond words. Then He was crucified, nailed to a cross which would cause blood to fill the lungs and eventually to drown the person. It was a slow, incredibly painful drowning that could last for days.

 

His body represented the sinful flesh. The punishment brought upon His body reflects God’s hatred for sin. It also lets us know that the power of sin was put to death so that if by faith in Christ, we trust His punishment was for our sin, we can be assured that our sin has been put to death in the most violent way.

 

But we also live in the resurrected Christ in the power over death. We have the Spirit who gives us the ability to love better, resist temptation, and change our world.

 

We feel, and rightly so, that we are not Godly enough to live in this power. We doubt ourselves. We act as if the spirit of death can still kill us forgetting death has been conquered for those who have put their faith in Christ. We are not filled with power because of how righteous we are. Everything that would prohibit you from living in the fullness of God’s grace and power was crucified. It no longer has the power to keep you from all God has for you.

 

Our old self is dead to God, and we have now risen as a new creation in the power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead.

 

Lord, help me to operate daily in the assurance that You killed sin in me so that it no longer has mastery. Now I am free to live for you. Amen.

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Redemption is More than Forgiveness

Redemption is more than forgiveness.

Ephesians 1:7
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace (NIV)

 

The Bible says the life of a creature is in the blood. Christ shedding His blood indicates an exchange of life for life. When we think of the redemption we have received, we immediately think of forgiveness, and certainly, forgiveness is part of the equation, but redemption is so much more.

 

The person’s sin dictated they be punished by death. The wages of sin is death. Death is symbolized by physical death, but the spiritual death it symbolizes is more powerful than physical death. Physical death stops us from breathing, but spiritual life keeps us from living life even as our body keeps breathing. Spiritual death blinds us to pathways that lead to a more abundant life. It has power over our minds causing us to process life issues in ways that steal our joy, kill our peace, destroy our self-image, annihilate our dreams, and erase all hope. Spiritual death enslaves our minds and crushes our spirits.

 

The redemption we have in Christ has power that exceeds simple forgiveness of sin. In Him, there is the power to make the blind see. He gives us the mind of Christ, the wisdom of God, eternal perspective to process circumstances differently. Redemption gives us the power to take back our joy, our life, our peace, our dreams, and find God’s dreams for us that far outweigh anything we would have dreamt for ourselves.

 

To be forgiven is wonderful. To break free is unmatched in wonder.

 

One thing we must never do is reduce redemption to simple forgiveness of sin. Sin is the evidence that proves our guilt keeping us in this spiritual prison. Forgiveness destroys the evidence so that we must be set free. Redemption is the exchange of our life for Christ. He took our sentence in exchange for His power and peace. Being without sin Himself, He could not be locked up. Instead, He took the keys and released us to freedom greater than death.

 

Receive the forgiveness of God, but live beyond it.  You have been redeemed so take hold of His great wisdom and exceeding power that gives peace that transcends understanding, that gives a joy too great for words, that gives a hope that cannot be destroyed.

 

Live in the exchange. Do not let people, circumstances, or fear keep you in death’s prison. The doors have been opened. Step into the exchange and live in the power of Christ.

 

Prayer: Lord, write this on my heart. Help me to live into the exchange. Help me to know more than being forgiven, I am filled with the power and peace of the One who took the keys and set me free from Death’s prison. Amen!

 

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How do You Forgive Yourself?

How do you forgive yourself?

I was recently ministering at our Celebrate Recovery group and in the breakout group, the subject that was hitting home with everyone in the group was the question, “How do I forgive myself?”

That is a huge question.

The Bible clearly teaches absolute forgiveness of all of our sins. If you were to arrive before our Judge in Heaven, you might start begging for mercy. You might begin confessing all that still haunts you with guilt and remorse, even things that happened years ago. The Lord would listen then look into His records to see the volumes of books containing all of your sins. He would flip through page after page going through volume after volume. Then He would look up and say, “All of these pages are empty. Every volume is full of blank pages. It seems whatever used to be here has been erased. I have no record nor any memory of these things you have mentioned. Enter into the joy of My Kingdom forever.”

God is able to throw our sin into the sea of forgetfulness. The power of our mind is minuscule compared to the Lord. And we simply do not have the power to forget. We want to forget. We try to forget. We try to drown our memories in alcohol, inoculate them with illicit drugs, sweat them out with exercise, buy them off with money, but no matter what they do, the memories remain and so does the guilt.

 

What Does Guilt Do To Us

Guilt is the spirit of condemnation. It is the sentence that changes us from someone who had made a mistake to someone who is a mistake. A free man has mistakes in his past, but mistakes that linger recast us as condemned men with a record never to be expunged.

Guilt can be a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Some will crave the death penalty because the knowledge of what they have done and who they have hurt is too much to carry. When there is no hope for parole, prisoners accept and assume a new existence within the context of the prison wall. There is no hope to undo what has been done. Relationships are released. We discard even the relationships with those who want to love us to rescue them from the horror of talking through the glass of Hell’s hotel on Earth.

When there is no hope, when there is no vision for anything better, we are already dead and just waiting for the hearse. Having faith in Christ will not blot out the nightmares of what we have done. This is especially true if the people you have hurt are still in your life. Every time you see them, the memories may pop back up in your mind. If we hurt them again, though in a much less destructive way, they may bring up our old mistakes and this is hard and can embed our guilt deeper in our psyche.

 

How do you heal and forgive yourself?

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Self-forgiveness is not possible on your own. We might think it is something we can do on our own. Scripture clearly teaches us that we need help and support from other believers. However, we don’t need just the support of anyone who is a Christian. Self-forgiveness is heavy spiritual warfare and we need strong, mature Christians who know how to reach Heaven when they pray.

We all need people that we can go to when we have messed up royally who will speak the truth to us in love, refuse to condemn us as a horrible person, and administer or remind us of God’s forgiveness that is bigger than anything we might have done. Self-forgiveness is a process, not a decision. We need these people that we can go back to and be reminded that we are forgiven by God. And we need their prayers empowered by the Holy Spirit of God to remove the hardness we have in our hearts for ourselves. Knowing we are forgiven is not enough. This truth must be written in our hearts. And we need solid, loving, graceful, non-judgmental believers to help this process. Like Ananias praying for the scales to fall off the eyes of Saul, the murderer of Christians so we need people to pray to remove the scales from our hearts so the Holy Spirit can tattoo His truth upon our hearts.

 

Remember You are Not God

God has declared you forgiven. He has died, shedding His own blood, to secure your forgiveness. When the sense of guilt is overwhelming us, our flesh, the sinful part of us is working to convince us that we are God. Our intellect knows we are not God, but there is an ongoing mutiny happening inside of us. We must recognize these feelings for what they are. This is the sinful nature, under the dominion of the law of sin and death sentencing us to life in the prison of our own guilt. But those who have accepted Christ have been set free from the law of sin and death by the law of the Spirit.

The law of the Spirit says that when we put our faith in Christ, we are no longer our sin. We may sin, but that is the old man in us. We are a new creation. So in every Christian heart, there is both the old man and the new creation. The old man operates in the spirit of the devil.
The devil, for a time, has been allowed to reign. He is referred to as the god of this age in the Bible. However, Scripture teaches us that even he knows that his days are limited. He is fully aware that he is a dead-man-walking. And this old man inside is a slave to this devil. He doesn’t want to suffer his fate alone. He is doing all he can to bring you with him.

The law of the Spirit of life has separated us from this old man. It is not you anymore. Instead, the Spirit is in the process of cutting away this old man so he has less and less control over you.

This is the judgment of God. You are set free. And when you let thoughts of guilt remain by running over your mistakes in your mind continuously, you are attempting to usurp God’s authority. If He is God, then what He says is true and when you feel something different, it is a lie from the pits of Hell.

 

Make a decision of faith

Ultimately, self-forgiveness is a decision of faith. To proclaim to ourselves that we have been forgiven and fight the feelings of shame and guilt is a decision. If you wait until those ugly feelings go away, you will enter Heaven still beaten down by your past. God will have removed the burden, but you keep picking it up again and again because of that old man in you.

 

A decision of faith precedes freedom from the feeling of guilt. To make a decision of faith is to force our words, our thoughts, and our behavior to move according to the forgiveness God has given. We must take captive our thoughts. The guilt will work to produce thoughts of self-condemnation. You will have thoughts telling you that you are no good, that you are a horrible person, or whatever, but God has given you the power to take captive your thoughts and change them according to the truth of God.

When those thoughts come to you, start proclaiming out loud that Jesus died for you and you have been forgiven. Fight those feelings and thoughts as if you were fighting a murderous rapist who has broken into your home. That old man will rape your mind and kill your soul. Fight! Fight! Fight!

 

Shout it from the Rooftops

It is important that you proclaim your own forgiveness. Surround yourself with other mature Christians who will shout it from the rooftops. You are forgiven!!!

The Bible says the power of life and death is in the tongue. We eat the fruit of our own lips. The things you say when these feelings of guilt and shame rise up in you are so important. Your words more than anything will keep you enslaved to the enemy or usher in your freedom.
Scripture is so powerful here. Remember, Jesus used the Word of God to refute the devil in the desert. When we use the Scripture, we slam the door on these thoughts. Don’t just quote Scripture, but shout them into your own heart and mind. Shout them at every turn, on every hill, driving down the road, before you sleep, when you wake, in the face of more accusations. Shout them!

Jesus told the woman in Luke 7, “Your sins are forgiven.” 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Write out Scripture and put them everywhere. Don’t get embarrassed if people see your sticky notes. You are fighting for your freedom and it is a spiritual battle.

 

Love like you have never loved before

The Bible reminds us that love covers over a multitude of sin. Not only do we want to confess our sin to those we have hurt, but we want to resolve ourselves to love them like never before. The old man and the stupid devil will tell us they don’t want us to love them. Maybe they don’t so we don’t force ourselves. That wouldn’t be love anyway. But as much as they will let us, we love them as Christ has loved us.
I do not mean we try to earn their forgiveness. That’s impossible. Just like self-forgiveness is a choice so they must choose to forgive. You are not trying to earn it. Instead, by loving them with kindness and patience, working to prosper their life, you are loving Christ and honoring Him for the forgiveness He has already given you.

Keep in mind the power of love. Love today will eclipse the sin of yesterday. Stop beating yourself up and focus your mind on how you can love better. Improve your patience. Improve your kindness. Be joyful to be around instead of a grouch. Find ways to let them know they are valued by God and by you.

And should they bring up those things again, do not deny them. Do not dance around the issue. Confess them again. Don’t give excuses. Then, go to the Lord in prayer. Go to your support circle and ask for prayer. And in prayer and through worship, paint your soul with several coats of God’s forgiveness.

 

It is a process

Lastly, just understand it is a process. We want God to remove it forever. But one Biblical principle that is very difficult is God’s command to never forget who we were before we found Him. God doesn’t allow us to completely forget our past mistakes to keep us humble so that we never forget His grace and love that has poured out this forgiveness forever.

 

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Daily Devotion and Scripture

The Judge

The Judge

Psalms 86:5
5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you. (NIV)

 

Dealing with our own imperfection and worse, our sin, can be debilitating. Our hearts flood with shame. Our guilt becomes the masochistic instrument we use to punish ourselves for what we have done. We are our own judge, jury, and executioner.

Well, before we go too far, let’s be reminded of one very important thing: We are not the judge, nor the jury, nor the executioner. In fact, we do not have any authority to condemn sin whether it be our own or anyone else. There is only one judge. We are the accused. Our punishment is out of our hands.

We can’t take our sin back. We can’t undo it. We can’t even cleanse ourselves from it. The Bible is clear that if we say there is no sin in us, we are liars. The best we can do is seek the Holy Spirit’s help to resist temptation. He will help us. We don’t have to sin. And we can put forth effort learning to lean on the Spirit to resist temptation. As we grow in Him, our sin becomes less. Nevertheless, perfect we will never be.

But our Judge is Beautiful in mercy.

We judge ourselves with limited understanding. We see our sin, realize we should have resisted, could have resisted but didn’t. We condemn ourselves. But our Judge, who is also our Lawyer pleads for mercy on the basis that we never chose to be sinful. Our Lawyer, Jesus the Christ, makes the case that we never chose to be infected with sin in the first place.

You never chose to be sinful. The sinful state in which you were born was thrust upon you by the sin of Adam without your consent. This sinful state leads you and me to do things we hate. And our Advocate pleads our case. Then He goes one step further offering his life for ours. The Judge abounding in love and mercy accepts this plea bargain. He unleashes His wrath on His Son. There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

I get it. It is hard to accept, but we must. He has done this for us and by faith, we must appropriate His death on the cross to our sin and guilt. It is the forgiveness we could never earn so that we may never boast. Grace upon grace that we might praise His name forever.

Prayer: Lord, help me to accept God’s forgiveness. And let me not stand in the seat of the Almighty Judge for there is one God and He is not me. Amen.

 

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Gently Restore

Gently Restore

Galatians 6:1
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. (NIV)

Grace screams off the pages of Scripture. From the moment Eve took the fruit, God works to gently restore humanity back to Him.

This gentle restoration that bursts forth out of grace should completely eliminate the judgmental spirit, yet it screams equally as loud.  Sometimes the judgmental spirit seems to scream louder than grace. How can this be?

People are caught in sin all the time and the grace of God is always available to them. The grace of God however is communicated through people. We are the Body of Christ called to carry one another’s burdens by gently restoring each other when our sin is evident. But it’s that second phrase that gets us.

“Watch yourselves or you may be tempted”

What can tempt me when I am trying to gently restore a brother or sister who has been caught in sin? Sometimes, this happens when the sin they were caught in was the same sin they sinned against us. Or, if their sin, though committed against someone else triggers us because we have been hurt by others but in the same way. The old wounds may trigger anger that we redirect toward the person we are trying to restore.

We must be able to gently restore one another in grace. Paul goes on to remind us that this fulfills the law. But in cases where the sin has been committed against us or when the sin is a familiar sin that has hurt us in our past, we must first forgive them in our hearts before trying to talk to them about it.

Before they ask for forgiveness, we need to commit ourselves to forgive them just as Christ forgave us. We also must seek healing for the hurt that has been caused by them or someone in our past.

These things may take some time alone with the Lord and possibly with another brother or sister who will help us walk through this. Only when we are able to consider what they have done without sensing a spirit of vengeance should we attempt to restore them gently. Until then, we have to leave it to the Lord and others.

We have to remember the enemy would love not only to hurt you but to fill you with vengeance and malice on top of your hurt. His desire is to make you so hard that you don’t let anyone close to you. But when we go to the Lord with our hurts in need of healing, He heals us and keeps our hearts soft in love.

 

Prayer: Lord, help me not to react too rashly when someone has sinned against me. Let me spend time with you first. Amen.

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Hate culture

Hate Culture, part I

This week, I want to deal with the subject of hatred.  I am currently teaching a series I have entitled “Hate Culture.”  We are living in a culture of hate.  It is not merely a culture where hatred is more intense than usual.  We are living in a culture where hatred is being encouraged and justified.  I know that even as most of you read this, people and organizations that you feel are spewing hatred are going to come to mind, but I would also draw your attention to the responses of other people and groups to those who may have initiated the hate to begin with.  Even in the church right now, there is a justification to act in hatred toward others, even those in the church.  We feel justified to use our words to denigrate and destroy forgetting the Spirit has called us to not let any word out of our mouth unless it builds up the other (Ephesians 4:29).  We feel justified to vilify, judge, and condemn those whose rage is directed at us simply for disagreeing forgetting the Spirit has called us to love those who persecute us (Romans 12:14).  The darkness of malevolence gives rise to a great opportunity for the church to be that proverbial city on a hill shining the light of hope and Christ to a dark world, but we can’t shine a light if we let hatred into our own heart.

 

Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.
Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
Genesis 37:2-4 (NIV)

 

Joseph’s brothers hated him because he had what they wanted, the favor of their dad.  Israel’s favoritism is for another post, but don’t get bogged down and forget God holds us responsible for our response to other’s bad behavior.  The brothers hated Joseph, not for what Joseph had done, but because their father loved him more than any of them.  Hatred is the spirit of covetousness.

We have all heard the Ten Commandments and know that we are not to covet, but what is coveting?  Coveting is jealousy for what someone else has to presses toward a desire to see them suffer and/or lose what they have.  It is the idea that if we can’t have it, we don’t want them to have it either.  We are jealous because we don’t think they deserve it, but we do.  We get upset because someone else gets the promotion that we deserve.  Filled with anger, we will despise a sibling because they were Daddy’s favorite.  We get angry because we think someone got a free pass without having to answer for their actions and we don’t think this is right.  This is where hatred sets in.

Christians should never believe that God’s blessings are not a sum-zero subject.  Just because someone else got the promotion, can God not move the boss to give another promotion?  Just because someone else has what we want, is God so small that He can’t bless us too?  Of course, God’s resources are limitless.  It is unBiblical to think the only way for one person or group to be blessed is by taking blessings away from someone else.  That is theft which is another one of those Ten Commandments.

The world is pushing us, even in the church, toward jealousy, covetousness, and hatred.  Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.  We may live in this world, but we are not of it.  We are citizens of Heaven and there ain’t no hatred in Heaven.  So let’s live as children of the light, giving grace, blessing those who persecute, praying for those who attack, reaching out to those who reject, loving those who hate.  If there is any hate within you right now, release it into God’s hand.  He is able to give you peace.   Then we can be that city on a hill for Jesus!

 

I hope you have a great week.  If you want to listen to the sermon, click here.

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