1 Corinthians 4:12-13 What Are You Willing To Go Through?

We work hard with our hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world–right up to this moment. 1 Corinthians 4:12-13

Very few people are able to take cursing or trouble and accept it without retaliating. It goes against their personal rights and will usually fight back.

Some will go to the authorities to fight back, while many will physically or verbally fight back. This can easily be seen by the amount of violent crimes that occur on a daily basis.

Paul talks about all the things he and his co-workers go through to spread the gospel message. When things are done bad to them, they endure it and are kind, though often seen as the scum of the earth.

Throughout the world there are many places where believers are looked down upon and often hated. The belief of Christians goes against the norms of this fallen world and the world does not like it.

As a result, the world will treat believers badly, by cursing them, persecuting them and slandering them. The treatment that believers can receive is not any different then how Jesus was treated by the people.

How the believer reacts to these types of treatments is what makes all the difference. Many will slip into the ways of the world and react in the same way as the world does, striking back with a vengeance.

Unlike the world, neither Jesus nor Paul struck back at the people treating them wrongly. They answered with strong, but kind words that pointed the people to God. They turned the other cheek when struck, rather than strike back. Doing this is showing God’s true love for all people.

As you stand strong and true for God and speak His word to all people, you will face times of trouble from this world. People will speak badly about you and may even physically try to harm you.

You have a choice as to how to react in each and every situation. You can react as the world does and strike back. Or you can choose to react as Jesus did and continue to show His love with no vengeance. One way will cause the world to fight more, the other way will point them to Jesus.

What are you willing to go through for God?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to strengthen and guide you; that you will know the love God has for all people; and that God will strengthen you to make the right choices in every situation.

Luke 17:3-4 Be Willing To Forgive

So watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them. Luke 17:3-4

Many people in the world look for ways to get revenge against someone who did them wrong. They do not seek reasons to forgive, but to punish.

People feel as if they have the right to get vengeance for things done wrong. The more the punishment, the more pleased they are.

Jesus tells the people to be willing to forgive someone. If a person sins, he is to be rebuked, then if he repents, he is to be forgiven, regardless of how many times he sins in a day.

Forgiving someone is something many people in the church struggle with doing. They will act as the world does in wanting a person punished rather than forgiven.

It begins when a person sins or hurts one and that person does not reach out to point out what occurred. The one who did wrong is not given a chance to repent, and then when he does repent, he is often not forgiven. Just like the world, many seek vengeance rather than forgiveness.

Every believer must remember how many times Jesus has already forgiven them for all their sins against Him. God never turns away or rebukes someone who has repented, He forgives immediately.

If Jesus is willing to forgive, every believer must be willing to forgive those who repent of doing something wrong. Only if a person does not repent, does a believer not have to forgive.

Forgiving someone shows God’s love to that person and to others watching. It is revealing who God and what He is like.

Just like Jesus was sinned against, there have been people who have sinned against you. Be willing to go to that person and point out what was done wrong. Give the person a chance to repent, just as God gives you opportunities to repent.

If the person repents, then be willing to forgive them, just as Jesus has forgiven you. Do not hold on to bitterness, anger and vengeance against someone, but release it to God.

Remember how many times God has already forgiven you and will continue to forgive you when you repent. Do the same to others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you strength to confront those who have harmed you; that you will have God’s love to forgive those who repent; and that you will be a testimony of God’s love and forgiveness to others.

Revelation 8:4 God’s Final Answer To Prayers

The smoke of the incense together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Revelation 8:4

People make requests of those in high level authority, but often wonder if they were heard or if anything will be done with the request. Most often many of those requests are completely ignored, they are not important enough to deal with.

Those in authority will usually hear the requests of certain very important people. When they speak, the authorities listen. These are usually the big donors or supporters, not just everyone.

In John’s vision of what is occurring in heaven, he sees angels come before God with seven trumpets. With those angels is one who brings the prayers of the people before God. The trumpets release some of God’s judgement and wrath upon the people of the earth.

Just as it is with asking authorities on earth for something and not getting an immediate answer, so it often occurs with believers praying to God. Believers go through persecution from those in the world and they pray to God for strength and relief. Sometimes that relief is immediately provided, but many times there does not ever appear to be an end in sight.

For the praying believer, this can be frustrating to pray and not be heard. Yet, God does hear every prayer. Every prayer is being collected and stored for a time for God to deal with it.

Ultimately in end times, God will answer those prayers with His judgement upon the earth. He will destroy a third of the earth and everything in it as He answers those prayers.

God will never leave a prayer completely unanswered. It may take some time to answer, but He will answer it. In the end the world will be judged for the persecution against His people that was and is being done.

As you are going through struggles and hardships, do not stop praying to God. Know that God hears every prayer that you have prayed and going to answer them at the perfect time. These prayers may be answered immediately, or they may be answered in the end during the final days of judgement.

Either way or time that God answers your prayers, rest in the peace of knowing that God hears you, is in control and will answer. God will take vengeance upon those who have attempted to harm you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will bring to God your every need; that you will know God hears your prayers; that you will know God will answer your prayers; and that God will give you strength to endure until the end.

Revelation 6:11 Wait A Little Longer

Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed as they had been. Revelation 6:11

Problems occur in the lives of every person on the earth. When these problems occur because of the acts of someone else, people want to see vengeance brought upon the other person. They want to see the other person punished.

One thing people ask is how long it will take to punish the offender. Punishment is expected to be expedient.

In a vision, John sees an angel open seven seals. After the fifth seal was opened, he saw souls of those who had died because of their belief, and they wanted to know when they would be avenged. They were given a white robe and told to wait until a certain number of then had been killed.

It is common for people who have become believers to believe that life will become easier as a believer. It is expected that all problems will go away.

However this is not true. Jesus promised troubles and that people would be martyred for their belief in Him.

The world hates Jesus and God and any one who follows Jesus with a true heart. Satan will do whatever he can to stop every believer, including murder.

God is patiently watching what is going on and keeping record of what evil people are doing to believers. Those who do evil against His people are only storing up a record for His wrath to be poured out upon.

At the right time, Jesus will return and get the vengeance against those who harmed His people. Until that time occurs, believers will be killed. Every believer needs to be willing to stand strong and true to God, despite the troubles that they may and will face.

God sees every trouble that you are going through. He knows exactly who is doing you harm.

Do not worry or fret over what others are doing or have done to you, God is watching. At the right time He will call each of those people into account and get His vengeance. His vengeance will be greater than anything you or anyone on this earth can provide.

Just as God is patient, be patient and wait just a little longer. In light of eternity, life on this planet is very, very short.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s plan for your life; that you will know God will take vengeance for you; that you will have God’s patience in waiting for His next move; and that God will give you strength to continue to follow Him through any troubles that come your way.

Luke 17:4 Keep On Forgiving

Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them. Luke 17:4

The majority of the world wants to cast judgement and bring on punishment when someone does something wrong. In fact, most people want to have vengeance against those who do them wrong.

People desire forgiveness when they do something wrong to someone else, but do not want to extend that forgiveness to others. This becomes especially true when the wrong being done is done over and over, again and again.

Jesus told the people to forgive a person each and every time that person comes and repents.

It is a guarantee that every person will be hurt by someone else at some point. Believers will even be hurt by other believers, sometimes intentionally, or unintentionally.

When this occurs, many will be like the world and not want to forgive. They quickly forget how often God has forgiven them of the same sin being done over and over, again and again.

God never not forgives a person when he comes with a true heart in repentance before Him. It is always His desire to forgive and restore each and every person as quickly as possible. As soon as a believer realizes and remembers how much God has forgiven him, it becomes easier to forgive another person.

Being unforgiving, condemns the person and does not give him a chance. It places the person wronged in the judgement place of God, which he does not belong.

Forgiving another person of a wrong done shows God’s true love. It points the person to what Jesus did and gives the person another chance to do what is right.

When forgiveness occurs, it restores a relationship and draws people closer to God.

You have most likely had some people do some things wrong to you. Some of those have probably never come back to seek forgiveness from you, while others have repented.

When they come to you repenting, you have a choice as to respond. You can choose to not forgive, or you can choose to forgive. Do not hold a grudge against them, but be willing to forgive as God has forgiven you. Work to restore your relationship and be more like Jesus.

Never stop forgiving others, just as God is not in the character of not forgiving you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how much God has forgiven you; that God will fill you with His love for others; and that you will forgive others as God has forgiven you.