Tuesday, April 19 |

Get Over It!

"The discretion of a man defereth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression." Proverbs 19:11

Sometimes, it is necessary to correct someone. When your child mispronounces a word, when your husband's socks don't match, when someone confronts you about something they heard. Some things are worth getting your dander up about. Some things are worth fighting for.

As difficult as it is though, to let something go, we're told it is our 'glory' to pass over a transgression. It actually makes us look good. I was listening to a radio program this morning about the trial of Jesus. With Easter so close, just about every message you hear is about the trial, crucifixion, and ascension of Christ. Most preachers focus on the beatings He received, but this preacher was talking about the other little things that were done to him; the pulling out of His beard, the spitting in His face. These were attempts at humiliation. Not only did our Lord not retaliate, but the Father also watched in silence, as they tortured His only child (could you have done that?) How much more do we stand in awe of Him because of His humility? How much more lifted up is He? It was His glory to pass over these transgressions, and then, ultimately, to go so far as to ask forgiveness for them, (for us, for me, for future generations), for "they know not what they do".  Luke 23:34

The next time someone speaks harshly to you or makes an unfounded accusation, remember, it is our glory to pass over it. Matt. 5:44 "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, to good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you". Luke 6:32, 33 "For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners (unbelievers) also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners (unbelievers) also do even the same."

This is what separates us from the world. This is what makes us light and salt. This is what makes us a 'peculiar people' (Titus 2:14) and draws the unbeliever to us, so that we may direct them to Christ.

Fight the good fight!


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