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What If Someone Kicks You When You’re Down? Part 1

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:00am

There isn’t a single person reading these words who hasn’t been hurt by someone else. All of us can remember someone who planned something, said something, or did something ugly or unfair to us. Because that’s true, all of us can also name a person (or persons) we could blame for something! Recipients of mistreatment rarely forget how much it hurt. And if that mistreatment came at a “down time,” when we were already feeling lower than a whale’s belly and struggling to get back up, the offense hurt even worse.

 

Because we’ve all gone through such harsh experiences, we should have no trouble understanding how David felt when, already at his lowest, he went through the misery of being pummeled with stones and debris and cursed in public. All of this hate came from a man named Shimei. Through this ugly and vile scene, we can learn much about how to endure mistreatment. 

What If You Should Confront Someone in Sin? Part 3

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 4:00am

Among the least-enjoyable yet important responsibilities of those who love the Lord is the task of confronting another believer who is living in deliberate disobedience. Scripture includes reminders that urge us to care for, warn, and help our fellow believers maintain their walks with Christ. Why? Because we’re supposed to “set them straight”? No, of course not! We are instructed to do so because of our love for them. A popular description used today for carrying out this difficult yet essential responsibility is “tough love.” Because we love our brothers and sisters, we care about them. Because we care about them, we must occasionally do what’s tough: confront them. Even though it’s difficult, even though the person being confronted may not respond as we hope, and even though we may be misunderstood, we must, nevertheless, do the right thing—in the right way—at the right time. Failing to do so is a violation of the biblical command: “If another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path” (Galatians 6:1). In the Bible, we see examples of this kind of “tough love,” perhaps most notably from the prophet Nathan to King David. Nathan’s is a model worth following today.

What If You Should Confront Someone in Sin? Part 2

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:00am

Among the least-enjoyable yet important responsibilities of those who love the Lord is the task of confronting another believer who is living in deliberate disobedience. Scripture includes reminders that urge us to care for, warn, and help our fellow believers maintain their walks with Christ. Why? Because we’re supposed to “set them straight”? No, of course not! We are instructed to do so because of our love for them. A popular description used today for carrying out this difficult yet essential responsibility is “tough love.” Because we love our brothers and sisters, we care about them. Because we care about them, we must occasionally do what’s tough: confront them. Even though it’s difficult, even though the person being confronted may not respond as we hope, and even though we may be misunderstood, we must, nevertheless, do the right thing—in the right way—at the right time. Failing to do so is a violation of the biblical command: “If another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path” (Galatians 6:1). In the Bible, we see examples of this kind of “tough love,” perhaps most notably from the prophet Nathan to King David. Nathan’s is a model worth following today.

What If You Should Confront Someone in Sin? Part 1

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:00am

Among the least-enjoyable yet important responsibilities of those who love the Lord is the task of confronting another believer who is living in deliberate disobedience. Scripture includes reminders that urge us to care for, warn, and help our fellow believers maintain their walks with Christ. Why? Because we’re supposed to “set them straight”? No, of course not! We are instructed to do so because of our love for them. A popular description used today for carrying out this difficult yet essential responsibility is “tough love.” Because we love our brothers and sisters, we care about them. Because we care about them, we must occasionally do what’s tough: confront them. Even though it’s difficult, even though the person being confronted may not respond as we hope, and even though we may be misunderstood, we must, nevertheless, do the right thing—in the right way—at the right time. Failing to do so is a violation of the biblical command: “If another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path” (Galatians 6:1). In the Bible, we see examples of this kind of “tough love,” perhaps most notably from the prophet Nathan to King David. Nathan’s is a model worth following today.

What if a Long Time Friend Deceive You? Part 3

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 4:00am

Few things sting worse than the realization that someone we trust has deliberately deceived us.

 

At first, ­we find it almost too much to believe. It makes no difference who the deceiver is. It could be a trusted partner in business or a loyal individual we’ve known most of our lives. Perhaps it’s the one we married, who promised to be faithful “’til death do us part,” or someone we admired and respected, such as a coach, teacher, pastor, or mentor. When we discover that person has deceitfully done something or said something damaging behind our backs, it’s shocking and heartbreaking. David referred to this anguishing experience: “Even my best friend, the one I trusted completely, the one who shared my food, has turned against me” (Psalm 41:9).

 

In this message, we will meet a man in Scripture on the opposite end of that equation, a man whom you’ve probably never met. Though unknown to most today, Gehazi was once a longtime, trusted servant of the prophet Elisha. For however long Gehazi served his master, he had apparently been both loyal and diligent. One tragic day all that changed . . . the day he replaced his diligence with deceit.