A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. (Proverbs 19:11)
# Hurt people, hurt people.
# Subversion = Attacking the head; Undermining God’s established order; Discrediting or De-legitimizing the one in charge by spreading slander, innuendo and/or discontent.
# Who is the enemy? The person we have in the cross-hairs, ready to shoot.
# The problem goes way back. All the way back to the Garden and the Fall.
# Love covers a multitude of sins. Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love always protects, always trusts, and always hopes. Love always perseveres. Love never fails. If I speak with the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, then I’m only clanging brass (i.e. noise).
# Commandment #4- “Observe the Sabbath day and keep it holy.”
Commandment #5- “Honor your father and your mother so it may go well…” (Dishonor= Causing grief, shame, tears and anguish)
# Forgiveness?- Yes, always. Unconditional. It’s there before the asking.
Reconciliation?- Conditional. I’m all for it if there is an acknowledgement of past wrongs.
Restoration?- It’s possible, but not the usual outcome. If there is restoration it has to be over time. Repentance, as in godly sorrow, has to be tested. Even with that, restoration will never match what could have been. Scars are a blemish on perfection. They evidence that there, indeed, was a wound at one time.
Forgive my I.O.U. I cannot repay.- Yes, absolutely, just as Christ forgave mine. It’s gone.
Reconcile?- Maybe we can be friendly, but only if you sincerely admit your fault.
Restoration?- In time, we may possibly re-establish a small amount of credit, but only if there has been an effort to earn my trust. Our relationship may never be what it could have been. If you demand I believe in you to the fullest and ignore our past, then I see a red flag.
# World views. We all have one. What’s my world view based upon? Is it truth and love?
Looking through my everyday prism, what do I see? Love or hate? Trust or distrust? Peace or fear? The content of a person’s character or the color of their skin? Do I see your heart?
# Obedience is God’s love language. Love the Lord your God = Obey Him and keep his laws.
# Gatherer or Scatterer? Uniter or Divider? Unity, peace and freedom must be fought for.
# No individual is greater than the team. Fellowship with His family lives in God’s heart.
# Accusations = The accuser of the brethren. Condemnation = Who is he who condemns?
# The devil is a deceiver (liar, father of all falsehoods) and a murderer (destroyer, father of all hate). It is a package deal. If we open our heart to one of his traits, we must accept both.
# Love and hate are our inheritance as part of God’s image. Question is this: Does our love reflect His love and do we hate what our Lord hates? The devil perverts love and hate so we have it all wrong: He would have us love what God detests and hate what He deems good.
# No wounds? No scars? Then I must not have upset the enemy. The devil leaves alone those who pose no threat. Are only good things said about me? Then I should be aware. I must not be any different than the false prophets who spoke only good things. The truth ruffles feathers. With conviction comes an angry look. Plans to meet are cancelled.
# Battle-ready = Wearing the whole armor of God. (Don’t go anywhere without it.)
# How many of God’s most trusted and tested servants have been attacked from within their own family? All of them? If so, it must go with the territory.
# # # Next time, Part 2.