Lazaroo – Thursday, April 30, 2009

Apr 30, 2009 I Lazaroo.


“The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies.”
(Nahum 1:2)
 

This isn’t exactly the party line these days, Jesus.

Most of Your spokespeople would far rather emphasize Your love, mercy and forgiveness while soft-pedaling Your wrath.

If they mention it at all.

But I have absolutely no interest in what is politically correct. 

I want to know You as You really are.

It’s extremely helpful to see that You unleash Your powerful anger against all who oppose you. 

That frees me to concentrate on loving my enemies and praying for those who mistreat me. 

Why should I waste time trying to get even with those who have wronged me?  Something tells me that if they truly need to be punished…

You’ll do a far better job than I ever could.
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Jeremiah 14:13-15; Jeremiah 27:14-16; Jeremiah 7:8-10; Isaiah 44:24-25; Matthew 7:15-20; Philippians 3:10-11; Romans 12:19; Matthew 5:44-48; 1 Thessalonians 5:3

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5 responses so far.

  1. Steve Says:

    Great question, Ken. When we don’t like their message, we stone the prophets God sends us.

  2. Ken Ferry Says:

    Gives new meaning to, “Love your enemies.” What greater love is there than to warn someone that there is a God and He will settle all accounts. So different from the warm & fuzzy, God-is-love message so popular today.

    So, why is it so hard to translate this knowledge into action? Why does it seem so distasteful to be like the guy who risked his own life to jump out in front of my dad’s car as he started to pass between two separated train cars to keep him from driving into the path of a fast moving freight train on the next set of tracks? Why are we so quick to dismiss someone as having a critical spirit when they try to warn us of an impending danger in our own lives? Where exactly IS the healthy middle ground?

  3. Jeff Says:

    Wow! Perhaps I submitted Tuesday’s comments two days early.

  4. Steve Says:

    That’s the amazing thing about obedience, John. Every time we do it, we gain strength to do it again!

  5. John Tevault Says:

    I know the freedom you speak of Steve,It is truly easier to let go and let GOD than for me to seek vengeance. For anything that I find hard to forgive, makes my faith stronger when I do forgive.

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