Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014 in Uncategorized
It’s heartbreaking to see people in pain. It’s perplexing to hear of loved ones who hurt one another.
Most people try to help not hurt. Most people look for solutions not problems, but too often the solutions slam one another.
“Good people” gossip.
“Kind-hearted” people talk behind backs.
“Loving” people SCREAM angrily!
Foolish, hurtful solutions to initiate change.
“And so, each of us must give an account to God for what we do…Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.” 1
“For that reason we should stop passing judgment on one another…stop judging each other…let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.” 2
Perhaps because of our patient, loving, tender humility we will “live in such a way that” others will see our faith and want to “believe in Jesus Christ and receive eternal life.” 3
Next week we’ll take a look at how to deal with our anger.
As this week concludes this ancient song — this psalm — continues to echo through my mind.
“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.
Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.
For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.
Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
and your judgment against me is just.
For I was born a sinner — yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.
Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me — now let me rejoice.
Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.” 4
“That’s what I want!”, is mysilentscream.
1 – Romans 14:12, CEV, NLT
2 – Romans 14:13, NIV, NCV, NLT
3 – 1 Timothy 1:16, NLT
4 – Psalm 51:1-13, NLT