“Don’t Plot Harm Against Your Neighbor”

Todays Encouraging Word:

Picking quarrels- not a kind or wise thing to do with people. After all, its not sensible to just try to instigate arguments when the people are just minding their own business and going their way. Yet people can let resentment fester and ever heard the expression “He just is mad at the world”

That is true about a person who grows resentful. They let themselves become just generally angry and can come off as aggressive to just about anyone who inadvertently rubs the wrong nerve. Some may just dislike certain people because they remind them of someone who hurt them.

However, this is no way to enjoy life or succeed. This is no way to thrive. We should be wise and follow the advice of Proverbs 20 “It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. (Proverbs 20:3)

The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure. A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and the one who devises evil schemes is hated. (Proverbs 14:16-17)

Anger and bitterness are not good to let control our lives and we not only sin against God but create unnecessary enemies and other victims of our anger.

When people get resentful and live this way they may often say “I have been hurt in my life! Why should I care about anyone else, after all, who cared enough about hurting me?!” Yet the problem is, that does not undo what you as a person have suffered and harbor anger about but you become a victimizer of others just like those who hurt you. And we all must ask, “Do I want to be like the people who hurt me? Should I be aiming for their example?”

Of course not! Those people will suffer for their own sins and be judged by God and so will all of us if we walk in the ways of wickedness.

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. (Psalm 1:1-6)

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