Churchgoing hypocrites intentionally exploit God for their own benefit. In Jesus’ day the Pharisees mistreated widows, in the name of God, for their own gain. They converted people to their religion, which they claimed was based on God’s law. In doing so they convinced people to follow after their methods, not God’s. Hypocrites.
Peter was a devoted follower of Christ. Yet in a moment of weakness he denied the Lord. He made a mistake. He was overwhelmed with shame, weeping when he realized what he had done. He had went against what he had known to be true: he was a follower of Christ.
The Pharisees continuously rejected God. Peter said that Jesus was Christ and he would serve no one else. The Pharisees wanted to rid themselves of Jesus. Peter ran to him, even after his denial. Jesus said to the Pharisees “woe unto you, hypocrites” but to Peter he said “feed my sheep”.
They both had denied Jesus. What was the difference? The difference was that Peter acknowledge his wrongdoing and turned from that sin. The Pharisees were content to live in their deception.
Most likely you’ve sinned after making a public commitment to Christ. My guess is that you’re being beat down with “You’re a hypocrite if you try serving the Lord again.” Let me say: No!! That’s deception from Satan. Call sin sin, repent and move on: live the gospel! Only you and God know your intentions. Don’t allow a lie to dictate if you choose to walk in the forgiveness God has offered you.
Miriam, Moses’ sister, and Aaron, Moses’ spokesman started badmouthing Moses’ choice for a wife. They went on to question what was so special about Moses that the Lord would want to speak through him. The Lord overheard their conversation and immediately put a stop to it.
Aaron confessed their wrong to Moses. Moses forgave them.
Satan will try to throw wrenches in the relationships that mean the most to us. He will try anything to put a division between God’s people. Extend the same forgiveness that you would want offered to you. Move on without holding grudges.
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Joab couldn’t believe it. He refused to. He held onto the bitterness he felt toward Abner. He was ate up with hatred for the man. Instead of following after David by choosing to find forgiveness he killed Abner.
David was distraught. Regardless of the treason Abner had committed he was still his son.
Maybe that’s why David was able to forgive him so easily.
And if Joab would have put himself in David’s shoes perhaps he would have been able to forgive also. At least he would probably have refrained from killing his king’s son.
If you’re having a hard time dealing with an issue try to look at the situation from several different points of view. It may not change your outlook but it could help you not to react so drastically.
Instead of cities think about an area of your life that you’ve given up on–an area that you think no good could ever come of…
Relationships can be restored. Careers will prosper. Hold on. Follow after Jesus. He can turn rags to riches.
The people of Israel wandered in the wilderness eating manna that came down from heaven and drank water from a rock.
So they showed their appreciation to God by making a golden calf and worshipping it.
God’s reaction: He pointed out their wrongdoings, they suffered the consequences but God kept providing manna and water.
It’s the same way now. Sometimes we just blatantly choose to do the wrong thing, to go against God. We may feel like there is no coming back from that mistake. But there is. The Lord is still providing for you. He is still calling you. Seek forgiveness and move on.
The conviction you feel isn’t meant to beat you down. It’s intended to build you up.
Sarah laughed when she heard that she would be a mother in her old age. Probably because she had named herself as a bitter, forgotten, useless woman.
But time had come for her to make a choice. Would she be a help to herself, her future, or would she continue as before?
She chose her future. She chose to see herself as needed, helpful and loved. The Lord blessed her inkling of optimism and blessed her as mother of the nations.
God sees us at our best. He doesn’t hold our worst against us. Neither we should we. Let bygones be bygones. Jump at the next opportunity the Lord gives you— I promise you there’s one coming.