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Genesis 27, 28; Matthew 18: 21-35; Romans 7:15-25

Just the other day, I heard a conversation at work about siblings.  One woman said that she and her sister had spent the weekend insulating a “d— dog house” for her aging parents, and described the hilarity of the situation and how well they got along.  Another woman described her sister as “crazy” for calling and trying to establish a relationship after 20 years of silence.  Their mother had recently passed away and this sister sought solace in the family ties that bind.  Then both of my coworkers turned to me and asked if I got along with my sister.  A quick rundown of each family name (I have three sisters and two brothers) left me tripping over a few hurdles.   I can immediately think of incidents that caused friction and even long periods of silence between us.  Even worse, I remember my vicious attempts to get my mother involved in my self-righteous, indignant logic – hoping to manipulate her into making my sibling see the light, or more likely, hoping to convince her that I am the ‘good daughter.’

 How dark is my own eye.

        Esau saw red when he learned of Jacob’s treachery.  He even wanted to kill his brother.  Fury and calculated revenge replaced the great disappointing loss he felt.  How does one begin to forgive in the midst of such thoughts? Time and lack of opportunity may save his brother from his wrath, but what of Esau’s soul sickness?  That’s what I feel in my unforgiving.

 A sickness of soul without hope of rescue.

      I wish I could say that I’ve learned to forgive, keep short accounts, and humble myself for the sake of others, but even remembering these past incidents with siblings feels like poking around in the fire, looking for a reason to stoke it back to life.  So even though I know to forgive, there is strong evidence of what the Apostle Paul says in Romans 7, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells, for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.”

 Confession: “Deliver me from this body of death.”

      That dark Hulk inside me who threatens, “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry!” must learn to surrender these hurts and injustices to God in order to cease from maiming and disabling the ones that I love. I know my family will be grateful to be spared my emotional whirlwind, and may even agree with me in saying,

 “Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

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Job 32, Job 33, Matthew 14:1-21

So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.  Then the wrath of Elihu, … was aroused against Job.  Job 32:1-3 

And the king was sorry; nevertheless,  … he sent and had John beheaded in prison.  Matthew 14: 9-10

Found at: www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job%2032,%2033;%20Mt%2014:1-21&version=NKJV

Job 32-  So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.  Then the wrath of Elihu, … was aroused against Job; Job 32:1-3

            But please, Job, hear my speech, And listen to all my words. … Truly I am as your spokesman before God;  Job 33: 1, 6

But was Job “self-righteous”? 

               The LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.  Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD commanded them; for the LORD had accepted Job. 42:7-9

 

             Ouch!! I have been like Elihu and Job, though not at the same time. How many times have I judged someone by their “suffering circumstances”? “Oh, if she only,… then God would….”  No doubt people have condemned me seeing my personal situation. External sight is Never perfect vision. People even condemned Jesus because of His life, and Jesus was/ is God!

                Lord God, because You have deemed that my present life circumstances are more like Job, You have grown me to be less like Elihu. Oh, how I yearn to grow in You Christ Jesus! In Your humility, love, compassion, intercessory prayer, wisdom, to Your praise and glory!!  

                      Lord God, thank You for being Love and loving me according to Your Character!! I am grateful that You are the only One Who truly sees me, with all my flaws, needs and yet beneath Your Son’s Blood Atonement! Lord Jesus, You look at my heart , that You recreated anew and which is progress and process by You. 1 John 4:16; 1 Corinthians 13; Romans 8:1; 1 Samuel 16:7; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Jeremiah 31:33; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Matthew 11:28-30; Philippians 1:6 

            Lord Jesus Christ, please forgive me for being quick to judge, and make me “swift to hear, slow to speak” and make my heart, mind and spirit quick to ask for Your Wisdom to discern for Your healing, love and hope!! Thank You for situations which sometimes feel like Job’s so that I may be changed for Your better use. Romans 14:10; Matthew 7:4-5; James 1:19-20; James 1:5; Isaiah 64:8; Romans 8:16-17; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

             My circumstances do not always dictate my internal relationship with the Lord God Almighty. My heart, attitude and bent is not always visible to others, or even myself. Only God sees my heart. And the same is true for my view of each person.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Dear Reader, Please see Points to Ponder below… for discussion.

Matthew 14     Herod had laid hold of John and bound him, and put him in prison … the daughter of Herodias danced … and pleased Herod. Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. Matthew 14:6-7

            The king misjudged John the Baptist. He didn’t know John, nor the God he served. At a lustful whim he made a promise he regretted – beheading the prophet of the Lord God Almighty. “And the king was sorry; nevertheless,  … he sent and had John beheaded in prison.” Mt 14:9-10

     When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes…  followed Him on foot from the cities. And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick” and fed thousands with twelve full baskets still remaining.  Mt 14:13-14

            Quick wrong judgements cost lives and break hearts. John the Baptist died and Jesus Christ was saddened. Yet the Son of God kept on obeying His Father!   John 12:49-50; Hebrews 5:8

             Lord God Almighty, I give You my heart again with Your joy and hope. Make me aware of my thoughts and actions, to not condemn and to not take in wrongful condemnation. May I be teachable by Your Holy Spirit and live a life reflecting Your Truth and Love and glorifying You alone!! 

Points to Ponder: Dear Reader, Have you judged others? Generous in mercy, overly generously to their detriment, or critical and harming? Please do not treat yourself harshly.  …Just for discussion.

How are we to handle people? 1 Thessalonians 2:7; 2 Timothy 4:2; Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 1:28; Colossians 3:15-17

What would happen if you and I did this?  Matthew 6:10

Does God judge? 1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 15:3; Hebrews 4:13; Psalm 96:10-13; 1 Peter 4:5

 How can God forgive? Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8-11; Romans 5:21; Matthew 11:28-30; Psalm 51:1-6; Psalm 51:10-13; Romans 10:8-13; 1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1

Crystal (PsalmThirty4)

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