Sunday, 7 June 2020

Do not gloat

Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let ...
"Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
    when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,
18 or the Lord will see and disapprove
    and turn his wrath away from them." - Proverbs 24:17-18

Wow, some of the proverbs are really hard to try and live out. Take today's one as an example. It is so hard not to gloat when someone 'arrogant' takes a tumble and gets what they deserve. Yet, Solomon is saying we should not gloat over this. I wonder why?

Jesus tells us something similar, doesn't he? He urges us to prayer for our enemies and those who persecute us. That is equally tough. Matthew 5:44 - "But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."

Perhaps Jesus teaches us this fundamental truth, because as soon as we allow our hearts to be filled with hate and gloating over our enemies, we don't have space for the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts. Our hearts and souls can't hold both love and hate inside at the same time? What do you think?

"A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you." - C. S. Lewis

"Humility is not a character trait to develop, it's the natural by-product of being with Jesus." - Louie Giglio

Living in Grace

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