Offense will come, but…

Psalms 7:3-5 ESV“

O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands, if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause, let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust. Selah”

David took the act of offending his neighbor seriously.  He did not consider it a “so what event in His life!”  Everyday we offend folks in one way or another.  We live in a litigious society, but I also think that we live is a spiritually litigious society.  Why? We are consistently robbing our neighbor of his status in life, his social standing, their identity as human beings by robbing them of their personhood.  We vilify people who have differing religious belief simply because social media is a safe wall behind which we can hide while we are throwing mud all over another person. We repay our neighbor – wait let me clarify what a neighbor is. A neighbor is every human being that lives on this planet.  Continuing the theought – we repay our neighbor with evil if we don’t like their tone, their home, their car, their religion, their ethnicity, and God forbid that they are a democrat when we are a republican – then it becomes interesting.

We have made the political process a “Kingdom Process” and in the process of transferring God’s Kingdom, grace, mercy and rule to the government we strip our neighbors of their humanity.

We have plundered our enemies without cause. Remember that commandment to love even our enemies. What happened to that one?  We are so busy handing over the protection of our nation’s soul to the government that we have forgotten that only Jesus saves. Grace enimates only from God.  Only God rules absolutely and only God can change the hearts of men.

“Forgive father of our ungraciousness to our neighbors.  Forgives us for our uforgiving attitudes towards our neighbors. Forgive us for our uncompromising attitude of thinking that we can protect ourselves better than you can protect us.  Forgive us for the God complex that we have placed on people in positions of authority and forgive us for our ignorance and uncaring spirits when we attack other people simply because they are different! Teach us all Father how to live lives that demonstrate love.!

1 Corinthians 13King James Version (KJV)

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.


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