Reflections From The Bible And Life

Please Others, Not Yourselves

Psalm 91-93; Romans 15:1-13

Although Jesus was circumcised and had followers among the circumcised, He made Himself known to the Gentiles, so that they may they may glorify God for His mercy. Jesus made it clear that God is everyone’s God, and His love and mercy are for everyone who believes in Him, not just the Jews.

We are taught to welcome one another just as Jesus welcomed both Jews and Gentiles, but we are also expected to guide the lost just as Jesus preached among the Gentiles.

How did Jesus preach to the Gentiles? He did so, lovingly. He never insulted anybody, but brought out the best in them, so that they may change for the better. Instead of insulting people, He rebuked them. Rebuking involves disciplining a person, and it stems from love and concern for that person, while insulting a person is like getting even with a person and being in spite of that person. It stems from hatred and shows lack of concern, and will never produce any positive result. When one insults, one tends to be tactless with the intention of hurting that person. When you rebuke, you are showing concern for that person, and while you hurt that person, you make it clear that you want him to realize something important.

Many of us experience being insulted and humiliated everyday by different people and in different situation. How do we respond to these? Whenever you feel coerced, demeaned, and reduced to nothing, always know that life is not all about you. If you claim to be a Christian and have chosen to follow Christ as your Savior, you will realize that the groundwork that Jesus laid was all about God and never was Jesus selfish. Jesus never took revenge on anyone nor said anything evil despite the fact that He was humiliated, tortured, persecuted and killed in front of the public. The bible teaches us that at times of persecution, we should to surrender all these to God and continue to do what is good to others, so that you may be made blameless.

Psalm 37:1-6 says, “Don’t be upset because of evil people.
Don’t be jealous of those who do wrong,
because like the grass, they will soon dry up.
Like green plants, they will soon die away.
Trust the Lord and do good.
Live in the land and feed on truth.
Enjoy serving the Lord,
and he will give you what you want.
Depend on the Lord;
trust him, and he will take care of you.
Then your goodness will shine like the sun,
and your fairness like the noonday sun.”

The Lord wants us to surrender all our hurts to him and trust in His sovereignty over all evil and in His goodness, as well as have hope. No matter what we feel, we should always do what is right. Eventually, whoever is at fault will realize his shortcomings and make up for what he has done. If we retaliate, then that realization will never materialize, and it will only be clouded with more evil, and pretty soon, it will be hard to tell who’s at fault, for both of you are at fault.

Ecclesiastes 11:1 states, “Put out your bread on the face of the waters;
for after a long time it will come back to you again.” In plain terms, what goes around comes back around. If you dish out hostility back, eventually, you will come out as the bad person. However, if you remain good, no matter what, even if you are being persecuted, eventually, the truth will still come out, and you will be found to be blameless, and your accusers and persecutors will lose face instead of you. Let us not take things into our own hands and let God take care of justice where justice is due, and in His time, there will be justice, and the wind will be in your favor. We just have to stay true to His ways.

I just want to share the powerful psalms written by David:

Psalm 69
1 Save me, O God,
for the waters have come up to my neck.
2 I sink in the miry depths,
where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
the floods engulf me.

3 I am worn out calling for help;
my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,
looking for my God.

4 Those who hate me without reason
outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,
those who seek to destroy me.
I am forced to restore
what I did not steal.

5 You know my folly, O God;
my guilt is not hidden from you.

6 May those who hope in you
not be disgraced because of me,
O Lord, the LORD Almighty;
may those who seek you
not be put to shame because of me,
O God of Israel.

7 For I endure scorn for your sake,
and shame covers my face.

8 I am a stranger to my brothers,
an alien to my own mother’s sons;

9 for zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.

10 When I weep and fast,
I must endure scorn;

11 when I put on sackcloth,
people make sport of me.

12 Those who sit at the gate mock me,
and I am the song of the drunkards.

13 But I pray to you, O LORD,
in the time of your favor;
in your great love, O God,
answer me with your sure salvation.

14 Rescue me from the mire,
do not let me sink;
deliver me from those who hate me,
from the deep waters.

15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me
or the depths swallow me up
or the pit close its mouth over me.

16 Answer me, O LORD, out of the goodness of your love;
in your great mercy turn to me.

17 Do not hide your face from your servant;
answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.

18 Come near and rescue me;
redeem me because of my foes.

19 You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed;
all my enemies are before you.

20 Scorn has broken my heart
and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
for comforters, but I found none.

21 They put gall in my food
and gave me vinegar for my thirst.

22 May the table set before them become a snare;
may it become retribution and a trap.

23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
and their backs be bent forever.

24 Pour out your wrath on them;
let your fierce anger overtake them.

25 May their place be deserted;
let there be no one to dwell in their tents.

26 For they persecute those you wound
and talk about the pain of those you hurt.

27 Charge them with crime upon crime;
do not let them share in your salvation.

28 May they be blotted out of the book of life
and not be listed with the righteous.

29 I am in pain and distress;
may your salvation, O God, protect me.

30 I will praise God’s name in song
and glorify him with thanksgiving.

31 This will please the LORD more than an ox,
more than a bull with its horns and hoofs.

32 The poor will see and be glad—
you who seek God, may your hearts live!

33 The LORD hears the needy
and does not despise his captive people.

34 Let heaven and earth praise him,
the seas and all that move in them,

35 for God will save Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah.
Then people will settle there and possess it;

36 the children of his servants will inherit it,
and those who love his name will dwell there.

Psalm 64
1 Hear me, O God, as I voice my complaint;
protect my life from the threat of the enemy.

2 Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
from that noisy crowd of evildoers.

3 They sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim their words like deadly arrows.

4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent man;
they shoot at him suddenly, without fear.

5 They encourage each other in evil plans,
they talk about hiding their snares;
they say, “Who will see them ?”

6 They plot injustice and say,
“We have devised a perfect plan!”
Surely the mind and heart of man are cunning.

7 But God will shoot them with arrows;
suddenly they will be struck down.

8 He will turn their own tongues against them
and bring them to ruin;
all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.

9 All mankind will fear;
they will proclaim the works of God
and ponder what he has done.

10 Let the righteous rejoice in the LORD
and take refuge in him;
let all the upright in heart praise him!

Let us all have David’s heart and faith in God at all times!

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