Friday, April 3, 2009

Self-flagellation, self-aggrandizement and judicious retribution…

God is at work in me.

Conflict and broken relationships are only a heart beat away when we respond to insult with self-flagellation, self-aggrandizement, and/or vengeful retribution.  We need to remember that as Christ followers, we are loved and justified (present and past tense) in Christ, not by our own actions or words.  It is His glorification that we must must be committed, not our own.  It is ok to be insulted and disrespected (example: Christ’s silence before the Sanhedrin).  We must silence ourselves, turn from evil and respond with good because judicious retribution is in God’s hands.  Our lips, in response to criticism and insult, should be filled with blessing, not equal and opposite (and maybe apposite) insult.

We will ultimately be blessed and glorified on that future day, but for now, we should trust in Him, not ourselves.

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:8-9

“A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.”  Proverbs 12:16


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