Maltreatment is Never of God!!!
I want to clarify some things as I wrestled with this myself. With all the hate that we encounter in life. How do we know that we are walking according to the word of the LORD?
The mistreatment of others is visible for all to see. But mercy and justice are important to God.
If you are like me, you may be asking how can I do this when I don’t like the attributes of a person or people. This is where I remember why we must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.
In that first sermon on the Mount. Jesus stressed the importance of brotherly love being so vital that we are told not to even bring an offering to God if we haven’t first mended that earthly relationship.
“But I say to you that everyone who continues to be angry with his brother (without cause) or harbors malice against him shall be guilty before the court; and whoever speaks [contemptuously and insultingly] to his brother, ‘Raca (You empty-headed idiot)!’ shall be guilty before the supreme court (Sanhedrin); and whoever says ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of the fiery hell.
“So if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and while there you remember that your brother has something [such as a grievance or legitimate complaint] against you, leave your offering there at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother and then come and present your offering” (Matthew 5: 22-24, AMP).
A Brother Is Born for Adversity
We forsake our brothers and sisters daily. Looking for acceptance from others who would not lift a finger if you were dying. Not realizing that their psyche is damaged. Taken over by ancient, malevolent evils.
“But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, and profane,
“[and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral] brutal, haters of good,” (2 Timothy 3: 1-3, AMP).
Am I My Brother’s Keeper
Let me tell you something that I have noticed. When brothers openly defame other brothers and sisters so that they can benefit themselves. Or because they are fearful of becoming targets. That is when their iniquity becomes full. Their ending is usually very tragic and made very public. Remember Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss.
Even when systematically done. Division is never of God. “These six things the LORD hates; indeed, seven are repulsive to Him: A proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others], a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that creates wicked plans, feet that run swiftly to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths], and one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers” (Proverbs 6: 16-19, AMP).
Now as I was writing this scripture, the LORD imparted to me that all sin starts with a lie or deception, and (now pay attention) even “harmless little white lies”.
Jesus wanted everyone to be aware of this sinister wickedness. Its direct origin. So that you may know your true enemy.
The Danger of Purposeful and Willing Bliss
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8: 44, KJV). God is referring to Satan.
This will not absolve you of your willing ignorance to who you choose to let in your life. Let me confirm this and let it settle in your spirit. “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?” (John 6: 70, AMP). Jesus accepted his own accountability for allowing Judas into his circle.
So you ask, how do I love my enemies? The amplified version makes it a little clearer.
“But I say to you, love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may [show yourselves to] be the children of your Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on those who are evil and those who are good, and makes the rain fall on the righteous [those who are morally upright] and the unrighteous [the unrepentant, those who oppose Him]” (Matthew 5: 44-45, AMP).
Set Boundaries in Love
The enemy was attempting to convict me because I may not like a person or persons. Convincing me that I was not being godly. This is a plot to get you to let them enter your spaces. To take on their attributes. So that you may become like them.
But the Holy Spirit reminded me of why it is okay to keep my distance. While still loving those who need me with professionalism. I am always an advocate.
Me and Jesus have a commitment to one another. Because unlike others in their “god complexes”, I know this. Just as Jesus used Joseph. This same word applies to me.
“But Joseph said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? [Vengeance is His, not mine.]
“‘As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant if for good in order to bring about this present outcome, that many people would be kept alive [as they are this day]'” (Genesis 50: 19-20, AMP).
This is why I am more comfortable now than ever in my aloneness. While still able to impart God’s love and presence in my circumstances, towards others. Especially in my places of employment. And these next three points will empower you.
1) I am not here to judge or stereotype anyone. “Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged unfairly” (Matthew 7: 1, AMP).
2) I will not be a follower! “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial (Satan)? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel (unbeliever)?” (2 Corinthians 6: 14-15, KJV).
3) I don’t have to participate in idle speech. “Be not deceived: evil communications (bad company) corrupts good manners (good morals)” (1 Corinthians 15: 33, KJV).
Always coming from a place of love!!!
Originally written on May 28, 2023.
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