"Take Time To Be Holy!"
Words of Encouragement from Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.
Children of God, we need to always stand for what is right, even when our hearts cry out for vengeance; when others wish us to support them in their planning of taking vengeance; or, when others seek our condoning of their act(s) of vengeance. Let us remember that God has called us to love and has reserved vengeance for Himself. So, if someone rapes our daughter, we are not to exact vengeance on the rapist; if someone molests our granddaughter and she becomes pregnant, we should not support her in taking vengeance on the baby; if our son finds out the ‘woman’ he loves is not a woman but is a male transvestite, we should not support him in his thirst for vengeance on the deceiver. Instead, we should pray for those who have done evil to us and those we love. Moreover, we should encourage ourselves and others in accordance with the scriptures because the flesh does not make it easy to forgive those who have caused you great suffering, to do good to those who hate you, and to love those who persecute you. Again, it is not for the righteous to model the way of the wicked no matter what negative ideas intrude into our thoughts. We, who are the children of God by faith in Jesus, are to walk in submission to the scriptures and truly, the scriptures teach us to give love in the face of hate and to forgive rather than take vengeance.
Devotional reading for this week: Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (KJV)
Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. (KJV)
Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (KJV)
1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. (KJV)
Devotional reflection for this week: How should I respond to people who cut me off in traffic? What should I do when someone cuts in line in front of me? Should I forgive everyone? How should I respond when someone or a group of people are cursing me out while I am witnessing for Christ? Why should I not murder my uncle if I catch him molesting my daughter and my wife reveals to me the son that I thought was mine is in fact his?
Devotional prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, bless me to always submit to the word of God rather than the negative emotions of my flesh or the vengeful feelings of others. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
May Jesus bless you as you honestly think through the questions raised in the devotional reflection for this week.
Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.