Negative life experiences, quitting fantasies of revenge, unauthorized judgment, and salvation through Christ are topics, today.  Authority to judge is now with Christ; and  GOD is permitting protection against divine wrath through the person of his only son, who was begotten through the Holy Spirit.  Lies can not heal wounds; and there must be grace and divine love for reconciliation with GOD.  Often, hurtful and unwanted events occur in ones life that are intended to minister benefit to others.  Reports and the personal testimonies of others are not enough to clarify expiation, longsuffering and sacrifice; believers also must have peculiar direct experiences.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Del” (Level 1 with 53 points, a member since November 23, 2014) posted the following:

 

As a Christian, how do I deal with people who have wronged me?

How do I get over these fantasies of me getting my revenge and all that?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:  because as he is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:  because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  We love him, because he first loved us.  If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:  for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.  (1st John 4:  10-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Lawful Revenge? (01/02/2014); As GOD Loves Us? (01/03/2014); Put Every Man His Sword By His Side (01/01/2013); The Common Danger (01/02/2013); Justice Comes by Love? (10/01/2012);  A Daily Revelation? (10/02/2012)

 

“Del”, for Christians change comes by right knowledge of truth.  Here are a few points to consider that are shared among those following Jesus Christ as Savior:

(1.) Justice not Revenge.  To love is to add value to another within a continuing relationship.  Believers turn to GOD for justice as an expression of love because the gifts of forgiveness, divine law, mercy, eternal purpose, and perfect righteousness also are aspects of the salvation provided only through Jesus Christ.  Finite human justice is often frustrating and warped because of anger, bereavement, bitterness, despair and fear.  Strong emotions erupt that may seem inescapable and persistent, yet, are passing and temporary. Believers embrace divine judgment as balanced, certain, able to detect hidden and unseen truth, impartial, conclusive and irreversible.

(2.)  Permanent Change.  Through the ministry of Jesus, believers are carried into a process of transformation that is so broad and complete that we say, they become “a new creation.”  In water baptism there is the death of ones inborn nature, and rebirth from a fresh endowment of the same inseparable divine content within the makeup of divinity such as faith, holiness, joy, love, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Once born again, believers are to learn and mature again by meeting life challenges upon the earth.  In addition to acquiring sacred knowledge through study of the holy writings, there should also be continuous practice of sacraments; regular fellowship with other believers; giving and unselfish service; and acknowledgment as praise, prayer, reverence, and worship.

(3.)  Feelings and Focus.  Many today indulge fantasies of themselves having power through destruction, hatred, lying and revenge.  In so doing they “despise their birthright,” and become like fatherless children and slaves having no inheritance with Christ.  Those who want to be known as champions, heroes, and martyrs upon the earth by spreading deceit, murder and slander are correctly understood as the children of darkness, and not the sons and daughters of the GOD who is establishing justice, light and eternal life.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Accepting Life in a Tainted World.  Many of the life experiences that have abased, disappointed, embarrassed, and hurt us have been necessary to mold and shape us for eternal companionship with Christ.  Much of what we call personal anguish, or suffering is common to mankind and those existing as mortals.  More than this, many events we think of as having damaged or deprived us were correctly introduced as expressions of divine commitment and sacred love.  The issue before our GOD is not the fairness or unfairness of conditions and life events; the issue is how divine identity is being made active and present throughout Creation.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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