|Sharing the Gospel: “Three things silence a man when he ought to speak: cowardice, indifference, and believing that what he says will make no difference. Only God knows his motives and why he is not more bold to speak. Sharing the Gospel is not only the privilege of Christ’s “slave;” it is also his duty. The “slave” is indifferent to what happens to him as a consequence of his being obedient to his Master, not indifferent to the message of his Master.”
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles.” Proverbs 24:17
When you have endured great hurt and you see your adversary receive his just desert, it is easy to gloat and derive enjoyment out of the reciprocity. More than once God warns His people not to partake of such luxuries. You may enjoy the experience while becoming an offense to God.
In Obadiah God rebukes Edom (the descendants of Essau) for their rejoicing and participating in the plunder of their brother Jacob, when God brings judgment upon Jacob for sin. “For the violence done to your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you, and you shall be cut off for ever. On the day that you stood aloof, on the day that strangers carried off his wealth, and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like one of them. But you should not have gloated over the day of your brother in the day of his misfortune; you should not have rejoiced over the people of Judah in the day of their ruin; you should not have boasted in the day of distress.”29
You find the opposite attitude in Lamentations. Jeremiah expresses his sorrow for the plight of Jacob (at a different time in history from Obadiah) as God again judges Jacob. The lesson is clear: God does not want His people to rejoice over the hurt of others, even when that hurt is the product of God’s justice and judgment. Rather you are to lament their plight, even though justice is done and it is God that is doing it. Woe to you if you rejoice over the misfortunes of others.
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”30 You never have a biblical reason for viewing another as your enemy.
29 Obadiah 10-12
Exodus 1-3 Matthew 14:1-21 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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