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In Order to Spite Me

July 31, 2017

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In Order to Spite Me

People do a lot of things  out of “spite”.     For any number  of unreasonable reasons,  they feel mean enough  to want to hurt,  humiliate,  annoy,  and frustrate another.     People even have hateful grudges  against God.

In Jeremiah,  chapter 7,  God tells about  how the people would steal,  murder,  commit adultery,  swear falsely,  and worship idols  just to “spite”  the LORD  —  as they would then go  to God’s house  of worship and say,  “We are delivered!”     ( Jeremiah 7:10 )     To do things to  “spite” another person is awful,  but to “spite”  the LORD will bring down eternal judgment  that no one can make a valid excuse for.

God’s word is so plain  that no one  can honestly claim  they didn’t know  their sins  were really sins.     For starters,  in Matthew 22:37,  Jesus tells us  the greatest commandment is,  “You shall love the LORD  your God  with all your heart,  and with all your soul,  and with all your mind.”

Love does not  do things  to “spite” another.     So,  when the people would go  and worship  the LORD,  they were not one bit sorry  for their sins.     Rather,  they were mockingly thinking,  “Well,  here we are  doing our duty  to the LORD,  so He has to save us.     He can’t say we didn’t worship Him.”

In Jeremiah 7,  God describes how everyone  in a family would worship idols,  and He said they did it  “in order  to spite Me.”     But,  God shows  the actual facts  in Jeremiah 7:19,

“Do they spite Me?”  declares the LORD.     “Is it not themselves  they spite,  to their own shame?”     

Everyone who purposely sins  to “spite” the LORD  is actually  condemning themselves eternally.     We can’t hurt God.     He is the Almighty,  who made us  and allows our every breath.     So,  our purposeful sins  hurt only ourselves.     We are actually spiting ourselves.     That’s not wise.

Thinking on God’s awesomely faithful  and patient love  in Christ Jesus,  we humbly say,  “Hallelujah!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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