Friday, June 1st, 2012
Thoughts Become Actions, BUT... (Part 2)
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; Wasting and destruction are in their paths.
Isaiah 59:7 (NKJV)
When someone harms us, it's natural to feel hurt--to think bitter and vengeful thoughts. The world understands our anger, and it seems righteous. But we are not of the world, and only Jesus is righteous.
Jesus says, 'Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you' (Matthew 5:44). These words are hard to think--even more to live. Their perfection pricks us.
So what if we dwell on our hurt? What if negative thoughts come out of our mouths as curses over evil-doers? Are we turning away from God? Yes, BUT... Jesus offers us a 'do-over' option that will place us right back in His will.
It's called 'Forgiveness.'
'For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you' (Matthew 6:14).
Forgiveness begins a 'force-quit' start-over sequence that undoes the wrong and cures the curse. It cures in both directions: a persecutor's sin toward us with its long lingering after-effects, and our sin of hatred toward him.
Here's the thing: our thoughts do become actions, BUT... if we 'force quit' the logical action of unforgiveness and start over with the illogical action of forgiveness, the outcome is a multi-front blessing. Because our positive actions, (a.k.a. love), 'will cover a multitude of sins' (1 Peter 4:8)--starting with our own.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Thoughts Become Actions series.