Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Heart Check

Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul's robe. 1 Samuel 24:4b

Remember "as you wish"? David did as he wished.

What would be going on in a man's heart not to take out his` enemy?

Well, David was a man after God's own heart, right?

Is your heart more in love with God and his ways, or is it more in love with self?

Let's do a heart check; test your heart as you read these verses.

38"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Love for Enemies

 43"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor[b] and hate your enemy.' 44But I tell you: Love your enemies[c] and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matt 5:38-48


26Woe to you when all men speak well of you,
      for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.

Love for Enemies

 27"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.

 32"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that. 34And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,' expecting to be repaid in full. 35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Judging Others

 37"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Luke 6:26-38

God may have brought Saul into David's hands as a test. God may have been testing David to see if he would be overcome with hatred and bitterness.

Are you passing the test?

God might have been training David to develop a heart of forgiveness and love, like that of Jesus.

Do you see your enemy as an opportunity to be trained?

Maybe you should view them as a treadmill for your soul, kind of like cardio for your character. Yeah, it's not fun, but it's good for you!

Here's our workout plan:

19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"[d]says the Lord. 20On the contrary:
   "If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
      if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
   In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."[e]
21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:19-21

If we take out our enemy we are conquered by evil, but if we obey God's commands we conquer evil with good.

What kind of shape is your heart in?

1 comment:

kris said...

check ckeck! great reminder to dig deeper and really see what lies beneath the surface....