Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.- Philippians 4:8-9 ESV
We need to STOP keeping score! Paul tells us in the 12th chapter of his epistle to the Romans; Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” We live in a POUND of FLESH world where most are keeping a record of hurts and disappointments to fling back at others when hurt! YOU ARE BETTER than this and we are CALLED TO MORE!
Leader, Matthew Henry put it this way, “A burden of affliction is apt to make the Christian’s hands hang down, and his knees grow feeble, to dispirit him and discourage him; but against this he must strive, that he may better run his spiritual race and course.” Faith and patience enable believers to follow peace and holiness, as a man follows his calling constantly, diligently, and with pleasure. Peace with men, of all sects and parties, will be favorable to our pursuit of holiness. But peace and holiness go together; there can be not right peace without holiness. Where persons fail of having the true grace of God, corruption will prevail and break forth; beware lest any unmortified lust in the heart, which seems to be dead, should spring up, to trouble and disturb the whole body. Falling away from Christ is the fruit of preferring the delights of the flesh, to the blessing of God, and the heavenly inheritance, as Esau did.” (Gen 25:29-34)
Conduit, let go and LET GOD! Focus on what God did for you SINNER, that made you into a SAINT! GIVE to others the same Grace, Mercy and Forgiveness! It is written: For the measure you use to judge others will be the measure God uses for you- CHOOSE WELL!