Why Not Rather Be Wronged? Part 3 of 3

When we are wronged and don’t seek revenge, we are blessed by God.

Wouldn’t you rather have the blessing of God than an admission of guilt from the one who mistreated you?

Do you know how wonderful and rich the blessing of God is?  There is nothing man can take away from you that God can’t restore many times over.  You just need to let Him.

We don’t need justice in this life – we need mercy.  Mercy outstrips justice.

By all means, do justice.  But when it comes to your expectations for others, live mercifully toward them.  If you do, Jesus will walk with you and blessings will follow you all the days of your life.

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Why Not Rather Be Wronged? Part 2 of 3

The ache in your soul is probably not because of the wrongs others have done to you.  Rather, it’s probably because of your unwillingness to forgive those wrongs as the Lord has forgiven you.

You think it’s wrong for someone to mistreat you?  It is.  But it’s also wrong for you to harbor bitterness and unforgiveness in your heart toward those who have mistreated you.

Recognize unforgiveness for what it is: a sin!  Shed it.  Be rid of it.  It’s like battery acid to your soul.

Forgive others just as Christ has forgiven you.  It’s the right thing to do.

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Why Not Rather Be Wronged? Part 1 of 3

When it comes to self-image, most people don’t die the death of one big sword thrusting them through.  Rather, they die the death of a thousand tiny paper cuts.  What am I talking about?  The numerous, and often small, indignities that others show us day after day – that we don’t want to overlook or forgive.

We get cut off in traffic.  Or a co-worker gossips about us.  Or the neighbor takes advantage of us.  In fact, many of the hurts take place in our own homes.  Our family members often seem to do us the most wrong.  Maybe it’s just because we’re around them more than everyone else, or the fact that we hold them to a higher standard, or both.  In any case, if we’re interested in keeping track of how poorly we’re being treated in life, there’s always a long list we seem able to produce.

Why do we seek restitution for all these wrongs?  Why do we want people to acknowledge how they’ve mistreated us?  It’s so much more beneficial for us to imitate our Savior, forgive the wrong, and let Him take care of us.

Don’t you see how this way of living worked out for Him?  It will work out that way for you, too, if you follow His example.

Don’t be like most people; be like Him.

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Revere Christ to the Salvation of Your Soul – Part 3 of 3

God is the God of your conscience.  You cannot have a weak conscience and a strong walk with God.

Most people seem to only use their consciences to judge the behavior of other people.  When it comes to their own behavior, they seem to want to waive those same rules.

God will not have this.  He can’t walk through life arm in arm with an unforgiving person.  He’s just not that way.

Revering Christ means using your conscience to find the right path to take.  Use conscience for all your decision making.  When your conscience is not clear, remember Jesus…and pray.  Through these two means, your conscience will be strengthened.

Keep improving your behavior until your conscience stops bothering you.  When peace and joy replace emptiness of heart, you know that you are revering Christ and it is pleasing Him.  Your soul is being saved as long as you live this way.

For more, see It’s a Salvation of the Soul…Not Circumstances.

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Revere Christ to the Salvation of Your Soul – Part 2 of 3

Do not think that you can revere Christ while clinging to your selfishness.  True reverence for Christ consists in valuing what He values and despising what He despises.

You must acknowledge the sins in your life.  Confess them to Him.  And you must then alter your behavior to conform to His will.

If you truly live each day seeking His will instead of your own, your soul will grow in its blessedness.

There is a direct correlation between the peace and joy you have in your soul each day and the degree of devotion you show to your Lord Jesus Christ.  True devotion to Christ and His ways invariably leads to increasing peace and joy.  Insufficient regard for Christ inevitably leads to decreasing peace and joy.

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Revere Christ to the Salvation of Your Soul – Part 1 of 3

Do you have reverence for Christ?  Is this an attitude that is growing in you each day?

Many people you will encounter today do not revere Christ at all.  Even among those who do revere Him, there are many who do so only in lip service.  Every Sunday there are millions who gather in order to sing hymns or choruses to a Name they are not going to remember again until the next time they go to such a service.

Truly revering Christ means living up to all you know to be good and right…in His sight.  If you do this, He will bless your soul.  That is, you will begin to feel better about life and about yourself.  This is salvation of the soul.

Alas, the saying is true that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”  However, you do not have to be one of them.  Make your mind a sanctuary for the daily reverence of Jesus Christ and you shall find a source of deep and abiding joy.

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We Learn Obedience from the Things We Suffer – Part 3 of 3

Lots of people want to walk with God but they don’t want to turn the other cheek.

If you don’t learn how to turn the other cheek, you won’t be able to walk with God.  You’ll be on a different path than the one He uses.

God is kind even to ungrateful and evil people.  If you want an intimate relationship with God, this is the way you have to think and act.

Isn’t it a very small price to pay to get to walk with the most wonderful person alive?

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We Learn Obedience from the Things We Suffer – Part 2 of 3

When we suffer at someone’s hand, we have an opportunity to learn the obedience of Jesus.  That is, we can forgive the wrongdoer- which is what Jesus would do.  Or, we could refuse to forgive.  The problem with refusing to forgive is that we thereby pronounce judgment on ourselves.

God judges us according to the way we have judged others.  Whatever standard we hold others to, God holds us to.  Therefore, if you want mercy from the judgments of God, you need to show mercy to others.  The only person you are punishing when you refuse to forgive…is yourself.

That’s why Jesus says we should forgive everyone of everything in our hearts.  It’s not only the right thing to do, it keeps God’s mercy flowing our way.

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We Learn Obedience from the Things We Suffer – Part 1 of 3

In living for Jesus Christ, we learn obedience by the things we suffer.  This is just the way He Himself learned obedience.

When He instructs us to turn the other cheek, it is getting our cheek slapped in the first place that gives us a chance to practice that commandment.  If we did not suffer the slapped cheek, we wouldn’t have that command to obey.

Does this mean we go looking for suffering?  God forbid.  Besides, it will come to us without our seeking it anyway.  Especially as we seek to live for Christ’s approval instead of the approval of others.

Jesus on the cross was the ultimate example of turning the other cheek.  Can we honor Him if we demand justice every time our cheek gets slapped?

If we want to obey Jesus, we have to walk the way He walked.  That means not returning evil for evil or insult for insult.  Even in our thoughts.

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The Pursuit of Virtue Through Jesus Christ – Part 3 of 3

God created you that you might have a personal relationship with Him.  This personal relationship is like a friendship or even a marriage.  It is to be intimate.

God wants you to never be alone.  He wants to be the One who is with you at all times.  He already knows your thoughts – He wants you to know His.

You cannot have a personal relationship with Him unless you are willing to pursue a life of virtue.

Many people have had a personal experience with Jesus Christ that they fondly recall.  However, the feeling, the passion, the emotion has drained away.  The reason for this is that Jesus cleansed you of your sin when you first knowingly embraced Him.  However, you did not pursue moral excellence with perseverance and so your soul returned to its unredeemed state.

The way to regain the glow that you had with Jesus in your first days of walking with Him is to repent of your sins and be as moral as you can.  Another way of saying this is to be as much like Jesus as you know how.

You cannot walk with Him if you do not walk like Him.

Do not think that this means you must quit your job or leave your family or any other such thing.  Rather, it means that you renew yourself to commitments, and fulfill them as Jesus would.   Let Him live His life through you for the sake of those around you.  Both you and they will be the better for it.

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