Micah 6:8 - He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God (NIV)
Throughout this past week, God placed heavily on heart His requirement of humility. As @KReynolds wrote in The Mind of Christ, my heart is distressed seeing many believers acting like the world. Witness to Christ and His Kingdom is forfeited through words and actions.
Many prophesies surround the new administration leading a worldwide reformation of God. Will He work through people whose words and actions leave others feeling trampled and searching for grace? Some suggest leaving the country if not in agreement with new policy.
Christ said His Kingdom is not of this world. The adoring crowds on Palm Sunday turned one week later demanding Barabbas. Why? People did not want a Ruler coming in wisdom of a serpent and harmless as a dove. No, a King overthrowing tyrannical Roman rule to reestablish Jewish theocracy needed.
If lacking the greatest which is love; do I remain a pure vessel God uses to usher in a new era?
I Cor. 13: 4 - 8 Love is patient, love is kind ... it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, … it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails … (NIV)
Listening to Christian talk shows and other exchanges, a new level of vicious interaction brings pause and wonder, 'What does the Lord think of His peoples display of Christ and the Kingdom?'
If gloating and 'rubbing it in,' am I not conformed to the world and fail to present myself a sacrifice for godliness? I submit boldness is walking in the humility and wisdom of God, which is:
- Peace loving
- Filled with good works
- Lacking favoritism
- Sincere always
Regardless if my candidate or referendum won, does a greater imperative exist for lives seasoned with grace, gentleness, thanksgiving, and praise in Christ? These questions and more weigh heavy on spirit. My prayer is for open minds seeking His heart and face on any question asked. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Prov. 24: 16 - 18 … the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes. Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove ... (NIV)
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