Hey friends, how are you today? My theme for the past week is found in Psalm 118:24. And I quote, “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it”.
Lately, I’ve had to remind myself of this verse, because our weather has been terrible. Our average temperature has not risen (with one exception) beyond the mid 40° and it has been cold, rainy, gloomy, dreary and cloudy; perfect quarantine weather. Sometimes, I have to remind myself that I have a choice. I could rejoice in this day, whatever this day may look like, whatever this day may bring my way, whatever ‘curve balls’ my day may entail; I have a choice to make today.
I could choose to rejoice and trust that the Lord orchestrated this day, just for me. In my circle, the Lord of the Universe has designed each day for my good. Now it’s up to me. I could complain and whine about the lack of sunshine or I could find pleasure in this day. Today, just today I choose to rejoice. I will keep reminding myself, that April’s showers bring May’s flowers.
Phew! Lately I’ve been so bombarded on every side with media animosity, that I’ve had to limit my intake of media, including the social kind. Unfortunately, this animosity has surely but albeit slowly made its way into my life. The more I allow its infiltration, the more hostile I have the tendency to become, regrettably. It’s like a sly, slithery, sneaky, slimy snake, whose singular goal is to infect everyone with vexation for one thing or another. We’re upset with each other over this, or over that. We’ve made each other our enemy over simple matters, that truly, enviably will not matter in the long run. Who is my enemy? Are you my enemy?
Are you my enemy if you do not agree with my choice of political affiliation? Perhaps it’s because of your response to this virus? Are you my enemy if you choose to raise your kids differently to me? Maybe it’s because you chose not to take my advice? How about when we defer in our opinions? Are you my enemy if you chose not to accept my Lord as your Savior?
One of our greatest faults as Christians is the tendency to judge everyone according to the standard set just for us. We are Christians, the Word of God is our law; this law does not apply to those who do not know the Lord. We can’t hold everyone to our standard, in fact we very rarely keep those standards our selves, right? Yet we judge all by what we’ve been commanded to, by our God. We want everyone to love, to be gentle, to be caring, to be humble, to be forgiving, even though they do not know the Lord as their Savior. We desire that they do not steal, do not commit adultery yet they’re not saved. They first must acknowledge the Lord as their Savior; they need the Lord. They can’t be our enemies, right? They do what comes naturally to them..
On the other hand, because as Christians we all belong to the family of God, we really cannot make each other our enemies, either, (fortunately, perhaps unfortunately) God does not allow it. He does expect us to be loving, kind, and forgiving, especially within the family.
He expects us to ‘live peaceably with each other’ (Romans 12:18). He gives us these laws, which most have to do with the treatment of people, and He expects us, as His children to abide by them. We may not all agree on the same things, we may even have differing opinions about the application of God’s Word, but we’ve been task to love and forgive each other. Therefore, we can’t have enemies among our family either, right?
So, then who is our enemy? Our enemy is truly the enemy of God. Although his battle is really against the God of the universe, we are the pawns on this Chess game. We can allow the Lord to use us, to grow us to draw us closer to Himself, or we can be used by the enemy of our soul and sow discord and strife.
We have choices, we can choose to extend grace and more grace, as we have received even more grace from the Lord. We can choose to forgive as we’ve been forgiven. We can choose to acknowledge the fact that we each have our own journeys, with convictions that may not apply to all saints. You may have been called to worship on Sundays and other on Saturdays, one eats meat, while another does not. We are not better than each other, because our views are different. They are different not superior. Choices! Choices! Choices!
Who is your enemy? Do you have any? How do you manage anger?