Saturday’s Military Devotional – Avengers

 

18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:18

(AMP AND RVR 1960)

 


CONTEXT:

Leviticus 19 is a further breakdown or expounding of the moral (Ten Commandment) Law. The requirement is for folks to be Holy (something we know they are wholly incapable of doing apart from Christ) because God is Holy. It teaches separation from worldly desires and concentration on the thing that matters God. When our neighbor (anyone) offends v.17 us we are to rebuke them in love.

In our text for today we see the second half of the neighbor handling equation, vengeance or not being and Avenger. 

 


BREAKDOWN:

Thou shalt not avenge, – Remembering context if we are offended by the actions of our neighbors (anyone at large in the US or your own country) we shall not take actions against them. 

nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, – Nor am I to harbor malice in my heart against them. 

but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: – God says I am to LOVE even those tearing apart America which can be a hard pill to swallow. Unless…

I am the Lord. –  We understand that pill is not ours to Avenge, it is God’s, the creator of all things. He alone has the authority to take life that He created.

I will add to this a thought not found in the text for you to contemplate, we have an understanding being able to read the whole Word of God, that Man is completely corrupt apart from Christ. Should we not expect this unruliness from our youth and extend the Love of God to them?


APPLICATION:

As a soldier my job was to execute the orders of my superiors. To “take vengeance” if you will upon the enemies of the United States. After my military career ended it was not so easy for me to adjust to “civilian” life. I had been an Army Avenger for 20 years+ and suddenly I had to play by a different set of rules.

Unfortunately not everyone chooses to obey the rules. Look, let’s be real there are times when it is real easy to be extremely mad about what is happening in America (and I can only assume in your country). I am a Constitutionalist, that is I believe in the principles set for by the founding fathers in the Constitution not as an ever changing document but as one to be preserved. These same things I see being destroyed today so do I “avenge” them? No!

Do I fight, yes and there is a HUGE difference (one for another devotional) but only within the confines of v.17, rebuking them with the Love of God in my heart. 


Today’s Questions:

Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on being Avengers? 

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?

 

Neighborly Love

December 18

Psalms 147:6
The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.

The message came to the small town: “I will arrive to select one of you to dine with me. Put on your best behavior. You will be judged accordingly.” The townspeople knew that Jesus was a special man, and so they dressed in their finest clothes. The merchant stood at the front of the line, followed by the carpenter, the tent maker, and the miller. A poor girl came along and tried to get in line. The merchant shoved her aside and called her a name. The carpenter threatened to hit her, and the tent maker pushed her into the dirt. The miller raised a boot to kick her, but stopped. The four men realized that they were being watched. They looked up to see Jesus watching their behavior. Christ stepped forward and took the girl by the hand. He said, “Come. Dine with me.”

To the others, He said, “Depart from me. You know me not, and so I neither know you.”

This story was written about 1700 years ago. Though it is not from the Bible, it reflects well the sentiment of God toward the poor and abused. He will raise up the afflicted, but the abuser will He cast aside. Look kindly upon the poor, viewing them with Christ’s own eyes. Then will He be real in you.

Prayer: In my desire to impress You, Lord, let me not neglect my duty to my neighbor. Stretch forth my hands as You would Your own. Help me to help others. Amen.

From: http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals

 

 

Love Your Neighbor

When Jesus commanded us in Mark 12:31 (AMP) to; You shall [unselfishly] love your neighbor as yourselfHe even had in mind the following: 

 

May 10

Psalms 58:3
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

Larry had developed quite a reputation over the years. Most people in his life said he couldn’t be trusted. If there were a way for Larry to rip them off, he would do it. It had been Larry’s nature from the time he was very small. As a child, he had told lies with unbelievable ease. He bullied other children without the least bit of guilt or remorse. In school he had cheated his way to the top of his class. He bought answers to tests in college, and entered the business world believing that anything he wanted could be gotten my means both legal and illegal. It was all the same to Larry.

There are people in our world who have lived their entire lives by selfish and evil means. It’s as if something good was left out of them, and they are incapable of doing what is good. The way we deal with people like that is to forgive them and vow we will never be like them. Evil people are not to be hated, but pitied. They are our mission in life. Lives devoid of the Good News are lives not worth living. Reach out to people who do wrong through your prayers. They need them most of all.

Prayer: Lord, show me how to love even the most unlovable people. Instead of showing anger, let me show compassion, and grant me a deeper understanding of why people can be so bad. Fill my heart with Your love to share. Amen.

From: WWW.CROSSWALK.COM