“For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.” (Obadiah 1:15)
This prophecy was a powerful one, and still is. Rooted all the way back to Esea and Jacob. The betrayal and violence started with Easeu and continues for generations. It still remains…
Verse 10 tells us that “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.” That doesn’t just tell a story of these 2 brothers. It tells me the same thing about my brothers and sisters in Christ. Am I acting violently towards a fellow christian? Are you?
We probably do sometimes without even realizing it. It’s just so natural to watch a brother fall and turn our backs on them. I’m guilty. When we get hurt, it’s just natural isn’t it?
“In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast one of them” (V 11) Have we stood by and let a fellow Christian be mocked? Did we laugh at their suffering? Probably so. Did we watch as others did them wrong or did we partake in that wrong doing? (V 14)I’m ashamed of that. God is merciful, and I know He forgives me.I can admit, that not realizing it, most likely we all have. Maybe unintentionally.
I can’t imagine doing this evil intentionally. Some do, I am just not one of those. Unintentionally, I’m sure that I looked over someone who could have used a helping hand instead. I’m sure in anger that I thought or said that they deserved what happened to them. Who am I to judge righteously?
I don’t know about ya’ll, but I don’t want that reward on my head. I want grace. I want to extend grace. That may make us vulnerable at times, but if they(or we) fail in that grace..what better cushion to fall on.
Extended grace isn’t being nieve. It’s being wise. It’s being like Jesus.
If I offer grace a million times and a million times others fail me, it wasn’t me who failed. Life makes that hard to do. People make that hard. The world see’s that as weakness, but how wrong they are!
I’m so thankful for God’s Word, that teaches me. He is so good to us!
I needed this today without even realizing it. He’s so good like that! Always on time!
Let’s do to others how we would want others to do unto us. Easier said than done, but grace covers that too.
Grace is a beautiful thing. Let’s wear it boldly!
Lord, thank You for Your grace. You give it so freely and when we don’t deserve it. Lord, we know there are people around us that we have overlooked. Some purposely and some without even realizing it. It’s hard. To trust people to do the right things sometimes. Especially when we’ve been hurt so many times by some of those very people You want us to extend grace too. But, we can do all things through You, who strengthens us. Help us give grace. Help us not rejoice when others fail. Help us extend an extra hand instead of looking the other way. Help us to rejoice when a fellow Christian who may have fallen makes strides to do what is right. We need Your grace to give grace Lord. It’s not easy. Forgive me for hurting others that you love by not doing this. Help us remember that as we do, it shall be done unto us. Thank You for Your guidance and grace. In Jesus name I pray, amen.