Bickle Saturday Night: “The Lord doesn’t just want to hurt your pride, He wants to kill it!” Humility is the fragrance of Christ, for He is meek and lowly, the meek shall inherit the earth. We must TURN THE OTHER CHEEK! Gal 5;20 lists outbursts of anger as a work of the flesh, sometimes you can just tell its of the enemy. The only righteous anger, i believe, is anger on behalf of the oppressed, like Jesus did to the Pharisees. The Christian lifestyle is the sermon on the mount, praying for those who persecute us, blessing those who curse us. If we are to love our enemies how much more a friend who disagrees?
Offense is a slippery slope to bitterness and unforgiveness. Jesus said if we don’t forgive others He can’t forgive us. By the measure we judge others, we will reap the same judgment in different areas of our lives. We are all heading to the same place Paul got Gal 2:20 “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives within me.” To save our lives we must lose them, we must die to self daily.
Jesus is bringing people in our life to offend us, so that He can make us offendable. You can’t offend a dead man. Meekness is the road of taking the 5% or more that is accurate in a rebuke and thanking them for rebuking you. Meekness is turning the other cheek and smiling so that Christ can be shown.
The enemy is focused so hard on DIVISION. For if we are divided against each other we cannot stand against him. Do not give in, but for the sake of unity, let Jesus kill your pride and just live in JOY in him, do not care what man says!! It can be hard in marriages too, I tell you your spouse is the cross you will be crucified on.
“The same Father that orchestrated Jesus’ crucifiction is orchestrating yours and mine. If He crucifies us, we get resurrection life every time.” We must smile and reject praise and rejection from man.