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Saturday 24 April 2010

Spiritual Sundays

Hello everyone~ I hope you're all having a good weekend!
As I was thinking about what to share this week for Spiritual Sundays, I came across this excellent devotional which I think we could all benefit from.

Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament.Yet hidden away in its brief record is a vital question that affects us all. How should we respond when we see an enemy experience misfortune?
The prophet Obadiah ministered during the time that the city of Jerusalem was under fierce attack by the armies of Babylon. The neighbors of Jerusalem, the Edomites, were actually cheering on the enemy armies to destroy and kill {Psalm 137:7-9}. Ironically, these hurtful jeers were spoken by blood relatives of the Jews. They were descendants of Jacob, and the Edomites were descendants of Esau.
Obadiah condemned the Edomites for gloating: "You should not have gazed on the day of your brother in the day of his captivity; nor should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction" {Obad. 1:12}.
If someone has repeatedly been hurtful to us, it is easy to give in to vindictive pleasure when they experience misfortune. But Scripture admonishes us, "Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles" {Proverbs 24:17}. Instead, we are to maintain an attitude of compassion and forgiveness and trust God to bring justice in His time.
- Dennis Fisher

This particular message struck a chord in my heart because of a situation I find myself in with a relative. Years of slander by this person still does not give me the right to rejoice when this person suffers in any way. My relationship with God gives me a reason to love and yes, forgive even when I find myself being wronged over and over again. This is what the difference is between 'walking in the Spirit and walking in the flesh.'

Please join Charlotte and Ginger for more Spiritual Sundays inspirationals, songs, and testimonies. Click the link or the Spiritual Sundays button on my sidebar. Praying you all have a blessed weekend!

See you on Tuesday for Tea Time Tuesday!
Sharing from my heart~ Sandi