Has someone hurt you? Forgive them

2017-08-31
Proverbs 24:17 NLT

In life you’ll make foes as well as friends. It can’t be avoided; it just comes with the territory. The issue isn’t will you make enemies, the issue is how will you treat them? Our friends bring out the best in us, and oh, how our foes bring out the worst in us! But if you are a follower of Christ, there are three things you can’t do: resent, retaliate, or rejoice when your enemy seems to get their comeuppance. The Bible says: “Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble. For the Lord will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them. Don’t fret because of evildoers; don’t envy the wicked. For evil people have no future; the light of the wicked will be snuffed out” (vv. 17-20 NLT). Don’t allow bitterness and resentment to destroy you. It’s better to take your medicine now than to agonize later. Never wish ill on your enemy… leave revenge to God. Revenge is God’s business, not ours. You may know what the person did to you, but God alone knows why they did it. Paul put the matter succinctly yet firmly when he said: “Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honourable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to… God. For the Scriptures say, ‘I will take revenge; I will pay them back,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:17-19 NLT). Has someone hurt you? Forgive them!

Soul food: Josh 5:1-8:29; Mark 9:14-29; Ps 103:13-22; Prov 23:1-3

Het iemand jou seergemaak? Vergewe hulle


Spreuke 24:17 NLV

Jy sal in die lewe vyande sowel as vriende maak. Dit kan nie vermy word nie. Die kwessie is egter nie of jy vyande gaan maak nie, maar hoe jy hulle gaan behandel. Ons vriende bring die beste in ons na vore, maar vyande bring verseker die slegste na vore! As jy egter ‘n volgeling van Christus is, is daar drie dinge wat jy nie kan doen nie: wrokkig wees, wraak neem of jouself daarin verbly wanneer jou vyande struikel. Die Bybel sê, ‘Jy moenie bly wees as jou vyand struikel nie. Moenie jou daarin verheug dat hy geval het nie. Die Here sal sien wat jy doen en sal ontevrede wees. Hy sal jou vyand nie verder straf nie. Moenie jou ontstel oor kwaaddoeners nie. Moenie afgunstig wees op goddelose mense nie. Vir iemand wat kwaad doen, is daar geen toekoms nie. Die lewenslig van goddeloses gaan dood’ (verse 17-20 NLV). Moenie toelaat dat bitterheid en wrokkigheid jou vernietig nie. Dis beter om nou jou medisyne te drink as om later daaroor opstandig te raak. Moet nooit iets slegs vir jou vyande toewens nie, laat wraak aan God oor. Jy mag dalk weet wat die persoon aan jou gedoen het, maar net God weet hoekom hulle dit gedoen het. Paulus het die saak ferm aangespreek toe hy gesê het: “Moenie vir enigiemand kwaad met kwaad terugbetaal nie; wees positief teenoor alle mense. Sover dit vir julle moontlik is, moet julle goeie verhoudings handhaaf met alle mense. Geliefdes, julle moet julleself nie wreek nie. Laat die straf aan God oor. Daar staan mos in die Skrif: ‘Dit is mý reg om te straf; Ek sal vergeld, sê die Here'” (Romeine 12:17-19 NLV). Is jy al deur mense seergemaak? Vergewe hulle!

Sielskos: Jos 5:1-8:29; Mark 9:14-29; Ps 103:13-22; Spr 23:1-3

Resent or Rejoice?


Proverbs 24:17 NLT

When someone else achieves something, we can end up feeling resentful. Maybe we wanted that success for ourselves, or maybe we feel threatened and insecure because someone’s done something better than us. But that’s not how God wants us to react. The Bible tells us to ‘rejoice with those who rejoice’ (Romans 12:15 NIV). We need to be celebrating people’s success, not resenting them because of it. And that includes celebrating the successes of those who’ve hurt us or the people we really don’t get on with. That can be pretty challenging. When we’re feeling hurt, betrayed or disappointed, it can be tempting to want that person to fail. There’s something in watching them fail that seems to make us feel better about the situation. But that’s not how we’re called to live. In Proverbs it says: Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble. And in Romans it goes as far as to say ‘bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse’ (12:14 NIV). We shouldn’t be wishing failure on those who’ve hurt us, instead we should be praying that they’d be blessed. When we’re hurting, that can seem unfair. We can wonder why we should pray for blessing on someone who’s hurt us. But God knows the whole situation, He sees everything, even the behind-the-scenes parts, so we can hand everything over to Him. We shouldn’t be wanting others to fail, or refusing to celebrate their success, but instead setting ourselves free from bitterness and resentment by forgiving people and asking God to bless them.

Josh 5:1-8:29; Mark 9:14-29; Ps 103:13-22; Prov 23:1-3

Wikkel jou toe in God se liefde

2017-08-30
Johannes 15:9 DB

Niemand het en sal jou ooit so liefhê soos wat God jou liefhet nie. Die rede hoekom dit so moeilik is om hierdie konsep te verstaan, is omdat ons niks het om God se liefde mee te vergelyk nie. Niks kan God se liefde vir jou laat vermeerder nie en niks kan sy liefde vir jou laat verminder nie. Die ironie van die saak is dat ons ons lewens spandeer om sy liefde te probeer verdien, terwyl dit net deur genade ontvang kan word. Johannes sê, ‘Ons staan bekend as kinders van God. Ons ís dit natuurlik ook. Ons hemelse Vader self het ons sy kinders gemaak – dít is nou liefde as daar al ooit liefde was! Maar die wêreld ken ons nie. Hulle weet nie wie ons regtig is nie. Weet julle hoekom? Hulle ken God nie’ (1 Johannes 3:1 DB). Jy mag dalk grootgeword het met ouers wat hulle liefde weerhou het, of nie in staat was om dit uit te druk nie. God doen dit nie. Regdeur die Skrif hou Hy aan sê, ‘Ek is lief vir jou. Ek is lief vir jou. Ek is lief vir jou!’ C.S. Lewis het geskryf, ‘God het ons geskep om die objek van sy liefde te wees! Partykeer maak ons aksies ons onaantreklik, maar ons is nooit ongeliefd nie. Omdat God ons liefhet – het ons waarde. Niemand kan hierdie waarde wegvat nie. God se liefde wat by Golgota geopenbaar is, klou aan ons gebrekkige skepsels vas en vir redes wat ons nooit kan uitpluis nie, maak dit ons waardevol en kosbaar sonder maat. Dit is liefde bo rede. Dit is die liefde waarmee God ons liefhet.’

Sielskos: Jos 1-4; Mark 9:1-13; Ps 103:1-12; Spr 22:27-29

“At home” in God’s love


John 15:9 TM

When someone says, “Make yourself at home,” it means you’re welcome and accepted. And that’s what Jesus means when He says, “Make yourselves at home in my love.” You never have been and never will be loved by anyone as much as God loves you. The reason you have such a hard time grasping that concept is that you have nothing to compare His love to. Nothing could make God love you more than He does right now, and nothing could make Him love you less. The great irony is that we spend our lives trying to earn His love, when it can only be received by faith. John says: “What marvellous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it – we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to” (1 John 3:1-2 TM). You may have grown up with parents who withheld their love, or weren’t capable of expressing it. God doesn’t do that. Throughout Scripture He keeps saying, “I love you. I love you. I love you!” C. S. Lewis wrote: “God created us to be the objects of His love! Sometimes our actions make us unlovely, but we’re never unloved. And because God loves us – we have value. And nobody can take that value away. God’s love revealed at Calvary fastens itself onto flawed creatures like us, and for reasons none of us can ever quite figure out, makes us precious and valued beyond calculation. This is love beyond reason. And this is the love with which God loves us.”

Soul food: Josh 1-4; Mark 9:1-13; Ps 103:1-12; Prov 22:27-29