Psalm 119:136 Tears Over Disobedience

Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed. Psalm 119:136

Even though the world has many rules and regulations for people to follow, many still accept on disobedience. Most will not accept disobedience against themselves, but yet will be disobedient to someone else. Everyone wants to be obeyed, but many do not want to obey.

The word “disobedience” is changed to “it is my right” or “it is my freedom.” People do not like to be told what to do. With that disobedience reigns in this world.

Christians often look at the disobedience and sin in this world and get angry. They cry out for laws to be made to stop the sin. They run people out who live in disobedience. People are shunned and kicked out of churches for disobedience. Protests are set up to go against those who are doing wrong.

In all of these actions, there is one element missing…God’s love. Striking out in anger against someone or a group is not showing the love God showed by sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross. It is not letting the people know that there is a better way.

When there are tears from weeping, there can be no anger. Tears are a sign of sorrow and sadness, not anger.

Jesus had wept over Jerusalem because of their sin and what they were doing wrong. He did not get angry with them. His heart was broken with sadness.

It is easy to allow anger to rise up, to allow for vengeance, and be vindictive when you see disobedience occurring. It is easy to allow someone to be brought to justice for disobedience.

Instead it takes being at the center of God’s heart to see the sin and disobedience and have your heart broken.

This is not only seeing the disobedience in others, but also in yourself. It is easy to see it in others, but how many times have you been disobedient? How many rules, both man and God’s, have you broken?

Take time to see people as God sees them. See that they are broken and need a Savior, not judgement. Weep over what they are doing wrong and seek God to touch their lives.

Weep over what you may be doing wrong and ask God to help you change. Weep instead of getting angry.

I pray today that you will see disobedience as God does; that you will feel God’s sorrow instead of anger; that you will seek to show God’s love to the disobedient; and that you will obey all of God’s commands.

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Psalm 69:6 To Not Be A Disgrace To Others

Lord, the LORD Almighty, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me; God of Israel, may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me. Psalm 69:6

Families are often torn apart and shamed by the actions of one person. In some cultures, honor is held at such a high level in the family, that if a child does something wrong, the family will disown the child for life. That child will be considered dead in the eyes of the parents.

There are some cultures that if certain things are done by a family member, it is acceptable to kill that family member because of the extreme disgrace brought onto the family.

Disobedient children in a store often bring shame on the parent, who is attempting to control or calm them down. Parents who are called by the school teacher, are often ashamed of the actions of their child.

David had done some type of great sin right before he had written this psalm. He was asking God that all those who believed in Him, would not be disgraced or shamed because of what he had done wrong. He realized that his sin would reflect on others and have an effect on them.

It is often thought that a person’s own personal sin only affects himself and no one else. The reality is that it can bring disgrace upon other believers. When the world sees one believer sin, then they often  apply that sin to the whole community of believers. They try to say that God is not real and all believers are fake.

Along with not trying to disgrace God by sinning, try not to bring disgrace upon the community of believers by your actions. Live your life in a way that will bring honor to other believers, rather than disgrace.

As you live your life for God, it will bring strength and honor to other believers. It will lift them up as they see you living for God.

Will God or other believers be disgraced or ashamed by what you are saying or doing?

Or will God and other believers be honored with how you are living your life?

I pray today that you will live your life for Jesus; that you will bring honor to God; that you will not bring shame to God’s community of believers; and that you will be a shining light for Jesus in this world.

Romans 11:32 Bound To Disobedience For A Purpose

“For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.” Romans 11:32

Paul now has brought up some interesting points on disobedience. God had to have a perfect sacrifice in order to take away the sins of the people. Jesus was to be that perfect sacrifice. The Israelites had to disobey God in order for Jesus to be crucified on the cross. Their disobedience was the benefit to all Gentiles. Without Jesus dying on the cross, no Gentile could be saved.

Moving on to the Gentiles, Paul also states that they were bound to disobedience for the sake of the Israelites. God is able to show mercy to the Gentiles and bring them salvation through Jesus. Salvation is the very thing the Israelites were seeking from God in the Old and New Testament times. They are still seeking it to this day. When they start seeing God working in the lives of Gentiles, providing favor and salvation, it will stir their hearts to seek God more. It will create a jealousy that God is saving the “filthy” Gentiles instead of themselves. This will allow God to open their hearts to Jesus and receive the gift of salvation that He provides.

It is only by the mercy of God that anyone can be saved. It is not by any works that a person does. You cannot earn your salvation and it does not come by natural inheritance. It is only a gift of mercy from God.

The Israelites only saw salvation by earning it or by blood inheritance. Most only people see it the same way. Salvation is offered to everyone freely.

God bound everyone to disobedience because everyone has chosen to sin against Him since the time of Adam. God is using this disobedience to bring about His purpose. His goal is to save everyone, both Jew and Gentile.

Where do you see yourself in God’s plans for this world? Are you striving to live in obedience to Him?

Are you open to everyone having an opportunity to know Jesus and be saved by Him?

Are you telling everyone about what Jesus has done for them?

I pray today that you will know the mercy God has for you; that you will know the mercy God has for others; that you will know what Jesus has done for you and others; and that you will tell others about Jesus so He can show His mercy to them.