Stirring Up Trouble

Hatred stirs up strife,
But love covers all transgressions.

‭Proverbs‬ ‭10‬:‭12‬ (NASB)

God doesn’t want us to stir up strife, but to love one another, forgiving sins, preserving peace. He wants us to love as He has loved us.

Hatred, pride are our nature. We must be reminded to love rather than hate.

Rather than wanting to expose the sins of others, we should want to love them, forgive their transgressions, and keep peace.

We need love, and we need to give love. Jesus is the example and source of this love.

Overcome

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 ON HIS HEAD.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭17-21‬ (NASB)

When someone does evil to you, don’t repay them in kind. Respect what is right, and make peace with others where you can. Let God have His vengeance – because He will.

When someone does evil to you, do good to them instead, and they may feel the pain of remorse and guilt. In this way, you overcome evil.

If you repay evil with evil, you will be overcome by evil.

We are called to do good, to do right. God will repay men’s evil. Vengeance belongs only to Him.

Don’t take revenge. Have respect for what’s right. Make peace.

Only His grace gives us the capability to overcome evil with good.

The Path to Wisdom

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.

Proverbs‬ ‭9‬:‭10-11‬ (NASB)

God is the source of wisdom and understanding. Wisdom is about more than objective intelligence. It translates into making right choices – intellectually, spiritually, morally.

We can only begin on the path to wisdom by fearing Him. Since He is the source and sustainer of life, we reap the benefits of this by fearing and knowing Him. Wisdom and understanding, fearing and knowing God, are the path to life.

When we forget this truth, we embrace worldly wisdom, which is no wisdom at all.

We need wisdom and understanding, and they only come from God.

We need to have the deepest possible fear, reverence, awe, and knowledge of God. We can know God intimately, thereby gaining deep understanding of Him, only through the grace of Christ.

Real Love

We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

‭1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭14-18‬ NASB

Love for our brothers and sisters is the evidence of our salvation. Hate for a brother or sister is evidence against it. Christ showed us what love is when He died for us. In light of that, how can we go without helping brothers and sisters in need and still say that we love God?

We can’t.

Love in word only is not love. True love is evidenced by deeds.

If we hate a brother, it’s clear that we don’t love God, and we don’t have eternal life. If we close our hearts against a brother in need when we can help, the love of God is not in us.

To hate a brother or sister is a sin. But so is not loving one.

Christ gave us the supreme example of love – He died for us. Love is no less than this. Let His example be the one we follow.

He loves us and gave us the greatest example of love when He died for us.

We need God’s supernatural love in us to give. We’re really not capable on our own. Only by His grace can we have the capacity for real love.