A moment in God’s Word today…..8/8/12

 

Honestly today, I think I could have done 3 posts based on the scriptures that I read 🙂   But the passage that spoke the most to me is something that I’ve been struggling with A LOT (can I just give even more emphasis to that?  A A A A LOT LOT LOT LOT :)) lately.

1 Peter 3:8-12 (NIV)  Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another, be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.  Do not repay evil with evil, or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.  For “whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.  He must turn from evil and do good, he must seek peace and pursue it.  For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

A few weeks ago I was going through my newsfeed on Facebook getting caught up on what everyone was up to since my last log in, and it seemed as though every 3rd or 4th person’s message was a slam against a group of people whether it be the pro-Chik Fil A group, the anti-Chik Fil A group, the pro-gun control people, the anti-gun control people, the Obama supporters, the Romney supporters, etc (I know that there was more, but you get the point).   What made me really upset about this was that every one of these posts (which were ugly and hurtful……now please understand, I am guilty of posting things on here and on facebook that share my opinion of politics, moral values, etc, but I really try (although sometimes fail) to not post anything that is mean spirited.   Anyhow, this particular week, every one of these posts were posted by a brother or sister in Christ.   It bothered me so much that brothers and sisters in Christ could stand on such polar opposite sides of moral and social issues and have such complete opposite opinions and THEN be so mean about them that I walked away from Facebook for a few days (still haven’t gotten completely back to it, except for my blog’s page).   This  whole issue of my brothers and sisters in Christ seeing things that are of big Biblical value in such different ways….well, frankly I just don’t understand it.   It is something that God and I have been wrestling with for 2 years now and I STILL don’t understand how leaders in churches (both paid staff and lay leaders) can see things like creation, sin, and heaven and hell as so different.   And the attacks that have occurred between brothers and sisters over these issues have just been so hard to watch.  I have stood my ground but probably shouldn’t have…..I probably should have kept my mouth shut in some instances, and I have kept my mouth shut in most instances, and after reading this morning’s passage I WILL be keeping my mouth shut and letting God deal with these things from now on.   God does not call us to be at adversity with one another, he wants us to walk in peace with one another.  And let me tell you, that is REALLY TOUGH when you see things so differently!   I am thankful that God made us all unique and individuals, but sometimes dealing with how differently people see the black and white issues of scripture is hard on my heart.     God wants us to live in harmony with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and I need to follow Peter’s teaching and do that.  Peter instructed us to live in harmony with one another……and I will strive to do that.

Lord, I need YOUR strength today.  I need YOUR strength this week, I need YOUR strength for the rest of my days on this earth.   Dealing with differences in opinion with non-believers is so easy compared to those same differences in belief with my brothers and sisters.   Father please keep me humble, help me to have patience, kindness, love and self-control with ALL people, and Father please help me to not have an argumentative or cynical spirit.  Please let me have the spirit and attitude of an innocent child.  Help me to love as You love, help me to turn the other cheek when I or what I believe is being attacked, and Lord come soon please……

In Jesus Precious and Holy name,

Amen.

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2 Responses to A moment in God’s Word today…..8/8/12

  1. Shirlene Weber says:

    AMEN !

  2. Shelley says:

    I understand, relate, and often feel conflicted. Because I feel like hey did I interpret a passage wrong because I am so young in my walk and don’t read enough as it is?! It is hard for me to see the hateful messages especially with certain issues, because I thought sin is a sin, and we should love each other to God and through that example of love they truly understand the greatness of it all. I can’t imagine trying to get to know and love God when his people are pointing fingers and screaming and being angry. I hope they understand that we are just people to trying to get to know and love God.

    I grow tired of trying to say that on Facebook… because like you say, if you post something you have to be ready for the backlash.

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