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Leave Room for the Wrath of God

May 18, 2019

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Leave Room for the Wrath of God

The desire for bitter back-biting comes naturally  when we feel we have been wronged.     But,  our Lord and Savior does not want us  to be in tit-for-tat bouts  with each other — or with obvious enemies.     Our problem lies  in the fact  that we,  too, are sinners.     The more we allow hate,  jealously,  and bitterness  to rule in our lives,  the more we are giving Satan permission  to rule over us.     Hatred of that sort  leads only to sin,  in which we will condemn ourselves.

Romans 12:17-21 teaches us,

Never pay back evil  for evil  to anyone.     Respect what is right  in the sight of all men.     If possible,  so far as it depends on you,  be at peace  with all men.

Never take your own revenge,  beloved,  but leave room  for the wrath of God,  for it is written,  “Vengeance is Mine,  I will repay,  says the LORD.”      “But if your enemy is hungry,  feed him,  and if he is thirsty,  give him a drink;  for in so doing  you will heap burning coals  upon his head.”

Do not be overcome by evil,  but overcome evil  with good.

Everything Paul says here is backed up  by what Jesus says  in Matthew 5:43-48,

You have heard  that it was said,  ‘You shall love your neighbor,  and hate your enemy.’     But I say to you,  love your enemies,  and pray for those  who persecute you  in order that you may be sons  of your Father  who is in heaven;  for He causes His sun  to rise on the evil  and the good,  and sends rain  on the righteous and the unrighteous.

For if you love those  who love you,  what reward have you?     Do not even the tax-gatherers do the same?     And if you greet your brothers only,  what do you do more than others?     Do not even the Gentiles do the same?    

Therefore you are to be perfect,  as your heavenly Father is perfect.

How was God Almighty perfect  with us?     Paul tells us  how merciful God has been  to us  when we were God’s enemies.     In Romans 5:10  he says,

For if while we were enemies,  we were reconciled  to God  through the death  of His Son,  much more,  having been reconciled,  we shall be saved  by His life.

We were enemies of God  before we turned  to Him  in repentance.     We used to be defiantly going our own way  until we realized the grace  that could be ours  in Jesus Christ.     Seeing how greatly God has truly loved us  led us to repent  and be forgiven by our Lord.

When we were God’s enemies,  we were greatly loved — but we were not forgiven  by the Lord.     Instead,  we were spiraling down the steep road  to eternal judgment and hell — and we knew it.     There were times  when we didn’t even care  about the consequences we would be facing.     We didn’t even think it was possible  to change our ways.

However God’s love touched us,  it brought about repentance  and the acceptance  of forgiveness in Christ.     Just as the kindness and mercy of God turned our hearts,  we are to be kind and merciful  to our enemies,  so that they may also   have a chance  to repent  and become a child  of God.     We are to imitate our heavenly Father  by loving our enemies — and praying  that they will come  to repentance.     When they do come  to repentance,  their forgiveness is richly assured  —  as ours is.

If the enemy chooses  to never repent and turn to God  in faith,  they have chosen their own consequence  and there is nothing more  we can do  for them — sad as we are.     That’s what we have to leave totally  in God’s hands,  for it is written,  Vengeance is Mine,  I will repay  says the LORD.”   (Deuteronomy 32:35 & Proverbs 20:22)

Trusting in the LORD  to care for us  and lead us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  all things are  in Your almighty hands.     Thank You  for protecting us  in every trial and temptation — and thank You  for Your mercy and grace.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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