These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the Truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of Truth and peace in your gates: And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord. Zechariah, Chapter 8, verses 16-17.
Boy, this makes me think of all the times that I secretly hoped that all of the cheerleaders would get fat. What a terrible thing to wish on other people.
Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not He make one? Yet had He the residue of the Spirit, and wherefore one? That He might seek a Godly Seed, Therefore take heed to your Spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the Lord, the God of
, saith that He hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the Lord of Hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. Malachi, Chapter 2, verses 14-16. Israel
Some people are able to grab a Bible and quote verses out of it to support their abuse of their wives and children. I want to tell each and every one of you now; God Does Not condone abuse whether it’s physical, sexual, mental or any other type of abuse. Anyone who thinks God says those behaviors are permissible in the Bible, is twisting things around (pulling passages out of context) to support their criminal and inappropriate behavior!!! They can possibly hide the abuse from others by trying to justify their actions, but they can’t hide it from God.
And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not Me, saith the Lord of Hosts. Malachi, Chapter 3, verse 5.
God tells us about lots of lifestyle choices that don’t meet with His approval. One of the things I was thinking about is the part about not oppressing the hireling in his wages or turning aside the stranger from his right.
I live in an area where there is a large Hispanic population; many coming here directly from
Mexico. I see that business owners take advantage of them and it’s almost a common practice. The cost of living is high and so are the wages. The businessmen pay the Hispanic workers sub-standard wages, being able to get away with it because these hard-working people don’t know the system or the language to dispute this.
I remember driving by a construction site on a Sunday evening, about There were 5-6 Hispanic workers busily digging and installing something at the apartment complex construction site. I was thinking that the vast majority of people wouldn’t be working on a Sunday night doing physical labor, especially without being paid overtime. (I highly doubt that these men were even offered any overtime.)
The sad thing is these employees are generally extremely hard workers, but are often treated without the respect they deserve. Even if we aren’t the people employing them and paying them the extremely low wages, we might be guilty of not paying them the respect and dignity they deserve as God’s people?
Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of Hosts? Malachi, Chapter 3, verse 14.
Boy! Are we ever an “I-Me” population, looking out for ourselves as a “What’s In It for Me Christian?” My impression is that God wants unconditional love. He doesn’t want Christians who are only doing it to look good to other members of society. He doesn’t want Christians who are doing it to reap the many rewards God gives His followers. He wants Christians who genuinely love and follow Him and His Word, regardless of the consequences, both positive and negative.
Are we looking at our belief, saying, “Hey, what’s it for me to get up each week and go to church?…to be kind to others? to take risks to be examples of our faith in the workplace?” Something to think about!
(Well, this is my last editing before I send this back to the publishers, and I just had to share this with you. I’ve been telling you throughout this book that I haven’t been taking the risks to share my love for Jesus with others. I’ve always been afraid they would think that I’m a religious fanatic and back away. Writing this book has been an extremely eye-opening experience for me, making me much more aware of my weaknesses as a “Self-absorbed Christian.”
Well, about five minutes ago, I was thumbing through the church newsletter while I was munching on something and saw a request. It was asking for a volunteer to do a Bible Study at a local nursing home. I surprised myself and decided to act on it right away before I got cold feet. Unfortunately, the person wasn’t there but I left a message saying that I would be willing to lead the Bible Study and asked that they call me back.
The more I got to thinking about it, I thought this book would probably be ideal to use for the Bible Study. Nope, I’m not trying to sell more books, although additional sales will help whichever charity I choose to donate the proceeds to. What I was thinking is that I have this book on my computer. I could copy several pages each week and enlarge the print to make it easier for the people in the nursing home to read. We could talk about how they relate to the passages. Although I haven’t listed every passage in the Bible that relates to a given topic, I occasionally have other passages that support a great many of them. This may take us off into different directions.
You realize that I’m talking this all out with you, processing it as I write. I think I like this idea, because I know that the passages I have listed in this book come from the King James Bible. Then I don’t have to be concerned about which study guide to pick, worrying if another author’s point of view matches my belief in Jesus as my Savior.
I’m starting to get excited about this whole new adventure. I almost feel a little teary eyed. When I started this book, I said that I would see where God leads me and within minutes of being finished with the final editing, I read the request in the newsletter. Not two weeks earlier where I would have thought that I still had too much to do or two months later, when I might have slipped away from my resolve to take more risks. God had me read it minutes before finishing. God works that way in my life and can work that way in your life too, if you let Him. I know you’re a captive audience, but thanks for being here with me as I grow in my relationship with God. He has positively influenced my life through reading the Bible on a daily basis and He can do this for you too. Thanks again. D.S.)
Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.
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