Sunday, April 02, 2017

"Dead Weight Of Guilt" - 04/02/17 - 1 Samuel 25-27

“When God completes all the goodness He has promised my master and sets you up as prince over Israel,
my master will not have this dead weight in his heart,
the guilt of an avenging murder.
And when God has worked things for good for my master, remember me.” (25:30-31)

How easily it would be to slip into the routine of "getting even".

 Instead of turning it over to God. 

 This verse opened my eyes to why God commands that He is to seek revenge, not us. 

The dead weight of guilt.

Being attacked, taken advantage of, being treated as "less than", double standards, all these and more, our Christ endured.  More than I shall ever comprehend.
And still.
 He turned the other cheek. 

And our ABBA.
He turned more than that. 
He turned His back on His Son.
Our Savior. 
Our Savior who took upon Himself the sins of mine.  yours.  of this world. 
In becoming The Ultimate Sacrifice,  He had to be separated from His Father.  Our ABBA.
Even though for a short time, it had to seem endless.  To be totally separated from The One who Loves us so much He gave His only Son. 

So, when we are 'wronged", shouldn't it be easy to turn it over to our ABBA when comparing all He and our Savior went through for us?   It is only when our focus is on Him is it possible to do so.  Otherwise, we are all about "self". 

Our way.  Our revenge. 

It is only through Him we are able to keep our mouth shut, when words or actions that slay want to pour out in retaliation.  Words or actions which once spoken, cannot be retracted. 

Time after time I stand amazed when I have spiritually seen Him, standing there in front of me with His Hand held up to hold me back.  Telling me He has this and He will take care of the situation.  In my silence, His Words are loud and clear.  Our world and self has led us to believe if we are silent, we will be walked on.  We will be treated as though we are stupid.  In actuality, we are stupid when we spout off at the mouth.  When "we' are taking revenge. 

In our walk of faith and trust, we have to rely on His time and His way.  Even during those  times when it doesn’t make sense to be silent or to follow His lead and walk away.

As God sent Abigail, He sent us Christ, to intervene, to take from us the dead weight of guilt we put upon ourselves when avenging.  Let Him take care of it.  We have more important things to concentrate on.  Loving Him and making Disciples.  Making our way Home through our journey in life.  A life with less stress, more joy.  A life drinking in The Fruits of The Holy Spirit. 

He doesn't want for us to carry the dead weight of guilt in our heart. 


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