Then, that voice that we do NOT want to hear speaks up and says, "Now, Christian person, where is the love of the Lord in that line of thinking? Hm-m-m?" And yet, an opposing voice speaks up and says, "They know better! They need a beating! They need a good old fashioned caning, hide tanning; they need..."
Stop that. I know that you get angry, and some of you are angry still! I don't like it either! Yes, I want to retaliate, too. BUT, what do I want more? Vengeance or to please the Lord? I know; I know; you'd rather not hear the previous words just now. But the voice of reason says that we cannot go through life pummeling everybody that does us wrong. If we retaliate in such a manner, what is the difference between the perpetrators and us? We, as Christians, are supposed to be different, you know.
I tell you one thing. I keep my knees worn out with my prayers and supplications. Yes, I want vengeance; I want satisfaction. Yeah, I can tell that I have stirred some of you up, big time. That's okay because it is when you are most stirred that you can be driven to action. I just want to drive you to positive action.
Here are three things that I want you to think about:
- "He beareth not the sword in vain." Ever heard those words? Let the various governments do their job. Just saying. I know that I am touching raw emotion; I know and I know, it hurts. And I know that when we hurt, we want to hurt back. I know that. How? Those same emotions and the need for justice run through my psyche, too.
- "Vengeance is Mine." Uhm hum-m, I see that that makes you squirm a bit.
- The last point I want to make: have you ever done anything wrong, something so egregiously wrong that you could just about not forgive yourself? Uhm hum-m.
I will let the following poems from our book, W.O.W. created w.o.w. speak on the three things mentioned above.
Going around and having ill will toward someone
Is not going to accomplish anything
So why not let bygones be bygones
And maybe a soul to Christ, you will bring.
Remember, it is not about the wrong
Done to you or me
It’s about a heavenly habitation…
A place to spend all eternity.
If someone has wronged you and
You can’t get over the deed
Just do what Jesus did and
See a soul in need.
You have had to be forgiven
For things you’ve done yourself
They why do you feel justified
In withholding that blessing from someone else?
1. Define habitation.
2. What is the theme of this poem?
Cleaning Up Messes
Cleaning up messes that you make
Can be harder than you think
Because some messes in life, expand
Much farther than the kitchen sink.
Soap, water, and degreaser will cover
Most messes that you make in your kitchen
But please, forgive me, made a mistake and I forgive
Are often, from conversations, missing.
1. What is the message of the poem?
2. This poem can be likened to what?
When people make mistakes
As humans are prone to do
It behooves us all to remember
That we make mistakes too.
I can’t say that I never made a mistake
That just would not be true
I just get up, dust myself off
And keep trying, to GOD, to be true.
I try to live my life to please
The Being who dwells inside of me
For HE is the final JUDGE
Of where I will spend eternity.
2 Peter 3:3-4
I am glad that I have not
Been dealt with as I deserved
I am glad that justice was tendered
With mercy and that is what I was served.
Make no mistake; it still rankles when my
Thoughts dwell on wrongs done to me
But, I remember that I was given
A generous helping of
Doing What I Can, While I Can,
Aside - The blue highlighted verse was penned just for your reading today.
Aside 2 - "Everybody loves a winner, but when you lose, you lose alone." I want to be on the winning side, the LORD's side. And I know that you do, too.
Y'all continue to be blessed as we strive to make it home.