Thursday, September 1, 2016

Some People Spend Their Whole Lives Angry and Bitter, Those Who Believe in the Sin now, Pay Later Tactic, God Has Times to Fight for the Cause posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling

Thus is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.  For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.  For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten, Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished: neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.  Ecclesiastes, Chapter 9, verses 3-6.

It seems that some people spend their whole lives angry and bitter.  They should have gotten the promotion or job that they wanted.  They deserved a nicer house or car instead of what they have.  I try to stay away from people who are always griping about how things should have been better, because I tend to feel depressed after talking to them.

We have choices in life.  We can spend our lives content or always upset when things don’t turn out the way we want.  When I don’t get what I want, although I might be a little disappointed, I recognize that God knows what is best for me.  It’s a choice we make when we choose to harbor resentments for all the things that don’t go the way that we think we deserve.  Personally, I don’t want people avoiding me because I’m always griping.  What’s more important, I don’t want God avoiding me thinking, “Debbie’s always griping and ungrateful for all I’ve given her.  I think I’ll focus on someone else who appreciates what I do for them.”

Hear the Word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the Law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.  To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto Me?  saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.  Isaiah, Chapter 1, verses 10-11.

We all know what happened to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.  I think God is saying that they can give offerings until “the cows come home,” but it doesn’t buy them forgiveness for their very worldly lives.  It reminds me of people who live in the “fast lane” and feel that if they put large amounts of money in the offering plate, it absolves them from the things they do in their lives.

Do you think that God overlooks things like cheating on their spouse, unethical business choices or hateful behavior to others because they’ve put lots of money in the offering?  God wants us to ask Him to forgive us and then, out of love for Him, we are to try to live as examples of how He works in our lives.  This “Sin now, pay later tactic” just doesn’t work for God.

And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.  O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the Light of the Lord.  Isaiah, Chapter 2, verses 4-5.

This is a very famous passage.  There is another passage in the Bible that is the complete opposite, telling people to beat their plowshares into swords and spears.  Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say I am strong.  Joel, Chapter 3, verse 10

These passages tell me that God has times when we are to fight for the causes He wants.  Then there are times when we aren’t to fight and are to try to maintain peace in all aspects of our lives, if at all possible.

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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