Yesterday we touched on a sensitive topic, but one that I feel is super important for us to hear. We need to hear that it’s worth it to fight for our purity, to stand for truth in a lost generation and that it’s okay to be different when that means we look more like Christ. Because when we wear His name, shouldn’t we look like Him? I remember loving it when people thought me and my sister were twins. I loved that I looked like her and that she looked like me. I felt like I fit. I fit with her. I fit our family. When someone looks at me and sees Jesus, it’s a warm-and-fuzzy moment to know that I look like Him!
Could there be other things we’ve accepted into our lives as common, not realizing how much they don’t look like Christ? The Bible actually says that he “truly hates” these things. That’s strong words. We were never allowed to say “hate” growing up, because of the weight that word carried. But it’s true, there are things God hates, but only because He is love. (Proverbs 6:16-19 Passion)
Putting others down while considering yourself superior.
They feel smarter, prettier, happier and more accepted when someone else isn’t. They’ll point out the comparison to inflate their own self-worth.
Spreading lies and rumors.
Hello…Gossip Girl… and Pretty Little Liars! It may make for an interesting show, but drama in any form corrupts.
Spilling the blood of the innocent.
Abortion is an epidemic that has been justified with reason and excuse, but is the killing of His sons and daughters. How can this not break His heart and how can He not hate it?
Plotting evil in your heart toward another.
Revenge is a bill you pay but the debt is never satisfied. Causing harm to someone will never settle the pain in you. It will never be quenched.
Gloating over doing what’s plainly wrong.
Calling right, wrong, and wrong, right This permeates our society and is destructive beyond comprehension.
Spouting lies in false testimony.
It all starts with white lies…but Satan is the father of lies, so when we lie, we are speaking his language.
Stirring up strife between friends.
This creates intentional division for personal gain and is often rooted in insecurity.
Wow! As you read that, did you come across one that has crept in unaware? When I read this list, it sounds like the generation we are living in right now! I could probably write an entire post on each, because we live in a day where all of these are not only common, but acceptable and defended. What a call to live different! What a call to live above how the world operates!
As much as God hates these, He has given us instruction on how to live out of what He loves. They may not be your default response. Sometimes they won’t even seem to make sense. But His ways are always higher than ours. His thoughts, too (Isaiah 55:8-9). He is worthy to be trusted.
So here’s what these same things look like from God’s perspective:
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves… Stop telling lies… tell your neighbors the truth, for you are all parts of the same body. I will redeem them from oppression and violence, the oppressed who have no one to defend them, for their lives are precious to me (precious is their blood in my sight). Never take revenge. Leave that to my righteous anger… Instead, if your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter…For they have rejected my law… That is why my anger burns against this people and why I have raised my fist to crush them. Instead, speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Jesus Christ. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Philippians 2:3 NLT, Ephesians 4:25 NLT, Psalm 72:12, 14 NLT & ESV, Romans 12:19-21 NLT, Isaiah 5:22, 24-25 NLT, Ephesians 4:15 NLT, Colossians 3: 13-14 NIV
So if any of these are in your heart today, I would encourage you to seek God’s heart until they aren’t anymore. Ask God for help to change. Repent for living against His heart. Release that person or that thing. And renew your mind in the truth of God’s Word in the area you’ve allowed the contrary.
Truth protects us. It lights our path so long as we’re willing to walk it. That path leads to life and freedom, joy and peace. Sometimes we can’t even sleep at night but don’t know why. Sometimes situations play around in our brains for far longer than they should. Sometimes we have anxiety or anger that rise up from what seems like nowhere. These are symptoms that something in our life isn’t right, triggers to help us pay attention (like we talked about yesterday), to prompt reflection and partnership with God to change…for our good!
In this with you girl, Shelley