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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Why Does Repentance Seem Such a Strange Word to You?

Does the word “repentance” just sound too old-fashioned for 21st-century people?

Does the same apply to the synonyms for repentance, such as turning, turn around, change, behavior modification, alteration of lifestyle, making things right?

No one today thinks that “repentance” is out of style.  In fact, when someone wrongs you, what is the one thing you most want that person to do?  That’s right, you want them to repent.  Now, if you’re a vindictive person, you might simply want the person to suffer for what they’ve done.  But most practical people want repentance.

Therefore, simply treat God the way you want to be treated.  Turn from your sins.  Make good on the wrong you have done to Him.

What have you ever done wrong to Him, someone will ask?  The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Inasmuch as you have done [something good or bad] to the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me.”  This brings into scope every wrong thing you have ever done.

Repentance only seems unfamiliar to those who don’t practice it.  Practice it, and it won’t seem so strange.

Repentance is not just something other people ought to practice – it’s something you ought to practice.

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You’re Going to Repent Sooner or Later

You are going to be sorry for your sins and you are going to want to do better.  In other words, you are going to repent.  Everyone is going to repent.  If you wait until you die to do it, you will be ashamed and embarrassed.  Don’t put it off.  Repent now.

Since everyone is going to repent sooner or later, you might as well do it sooner when it will do you more good.  Once you die, there will be nothing you can do to change what you did on earth.

Here’s some further food for thought:

Everyone Is Going to Heaven

Judgment Is Upon Us

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The Lord Is Worthy – Part 3

We know that the Lord is worthy of a relationship with us; what we don’t know is whether we are worthy of a relationship with Him.

The good news of the Bible is that God has made us worthy through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Look to Him who loves you, and the purity of His eyes will forgive you and wash you clean of your past sins.  Moreover, they will empower you to walk in love so that you stop sinning.

He who is busy doing right for Jesus doesn’t have time to sin.  You cannot serve God and sin.  God and sin are two different masters.

The Lord’s worthiness spills over on to us so that we can walk in the light of His love – hand in hand with Him!

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Can You See the Lord? – Part 3

God wants an intimate relationship with you.  This is why He revealed Himself through the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

Seeing Jesus crucified, while He was forgiving all those responsible, was meant to give us confidence in the love of God.

You can, therefore, confidently trust in the Lord Jesus to be a God and Father to you.  You do not have to doubt whether or not He will forgive you for your sins.

You must, however, seek to live as godly as you know how.  God does not take sin lightly.  If you willingly do what you know is wrong, you will suffer punishment for it.  Sometimes the punishment will be of your own determination.  In any case, it will always be fair and appropriate.  It is far better, however, not to sin.

If you can see the Lord, you can avoid sin.  A thief can avoid stealing if he’s always in the presence of a police officer.  “See” the Lord.  Stay in the presence of the One who can make you want to live godly…if for no other reason than to please Him.

When you keep the eyes of your understanding on the Lord, His Holy Spirit will fill you and guide you.  Your thoughts will not just be your own; they will include His, too.  This is the most intimate of relationships: your thoughts intertwined with God’s in the sanctuary of your heart.

You’ll never be lonely as long as you can see the Lord.

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