God’s Response To Us
Published by Deborah Negron M.A. B.S. Liberty University
In my life I have had moments where I have had to step away from Individuals Who live in a state of anger.
They claim to be right.
Always their point of view is the only one that matters.
They take no responsability for the wrong they have done, yet, they thrive on seeing others fail.
Like Satan, they are avid swimmers able to go
deep in the places where God has thrown our faults and our failures. They are like deep water divers. They go deep in order to bring back the past and the sins of others to the surface.
They recall the sin of their loved ones and Mention them as if 20 years or more has not passed by. They are stuck in the past.
They do not esteem others higher than themselves.
They are self righteous and quick to point the finger.
Like Satan, they have become the Accuser of the brethren.
They carry in their arsenal spewing words. They must always have the last word. They listen to no one. Yet, they want to give advice to everyone, even when it is unwarranted.
I have learned to stay away from such folk.
I have learned that the truth is, they may need an encounter with God. They desperately need to truly meet the God of the Bible.
The mercy of God causes me to ponder and think.
To really please God,
I must go a step further.
If I look more carefully at the scriptures, it tells me to look deeply.
I have also learned to guard my own heart. For the truth is we can all become bitter and Indifferent. We can hold on to past hurts and become people who hurt others too.
I look at scripture and it teaches me to examine my own heart.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
God’s word enables me to surrender past hurts and to forgive those who have hurt me.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
When the Lord taught his disciples to pray,
in one part of the prayer Jesus taught them to pray and ask to be forgiven for our debts and for those who owed us something….
And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
We owe God so much. We have all fallen short. We have all gone away like sheep. We have all strayed from the way. All of us have failed to live righteously at one time or another.
Yet the Lord has chosen to forgive us.
We have experienced the pain of people who have genuinely hurt us. But we must forgive them. They have commited wrongs against us. This may be true.
Yet, We must think about the way in which God has had mercy on us.
If He would repay us for Our wrongs, we would be forever lost.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I John 1:9
Look at God’s soft answer…
Yes, The Lord’s answer
Was to give himself as an offering and a sacrifice and surrender his own life as that Babe in the Manger, The Man of the Cross and victoriously Jesus came out and there was The Empty Tomb.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
The Lord’s Soft Answer
to our wayward hearts and our sinful choices has been forgiveness.
If we repent and turn from our wrongs paths and follow Him. He forgives us.
He Restores us.
He Renews us.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit. A fool despises his father’s instruction, But he who receives correction is prudent. In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble. The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, But the heart of the fool does not do so. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight. The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But He loves him who follows righteousness. Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way, And he who hates correction will die. Hell and Destruction are before the Lord; So how much more the hearts of the sons of men. A scoffer does not love one who corrects him, Nor will he go to the wise. The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness. All the days of the afflicted are evil, But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast. Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, Than great treasure with trouble. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred. A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention.
Proverbs 15:1, 4-12, 14-18 NKJV
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
God’s response is clear.
We are to be Loving and forgiving. We are to be merciful an not hold on to them “Old Grudges”.
So, Jesus said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.
What we choose to say and how we respond is what will determine our outcomes.
If We Forgive We Will Be Forgiven