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“‘Revenge Is Not For Christians”

Posted on: January 31st, 2018 by Chuck Ball No Comments

“Revenge Is Not For Christians”
The thought of revenge may be natural, but the act of revenge is not for Christians. When we are hurting, the thought of getting even or seeking revenge may seem gratifying and even healing at the time. The truth is, revenge is a premeditated act of ungodliness that requires our thoughts and actions to go to a place of darkness that can’t please God. Revenge is never okay and is the opposite of how God expects His children to act in any situation. Revenge is always a selfish act and never brings the satisfaction and healing one expects. “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all”(Rom.12:17).
When we seek revenge, we step into the place of God. God will handle the revenge. “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”(Rom.12:19). So, when someone wrongs you, it requires faith and trust in God not to seek revenge and allow Him to handle it. One of the most vulnerable times in our lives is when we’ve been deceived and wronged by someone. At this very critical time in the Christian’s life is when Satan is more than willing to attack and push his ungodly agenda of revenge. Christians must lean on God and trust Him to heal our hurt and to avenge our offender as He sees fit.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”(Rom.12:21).
Chuck Ball

 

 

“Revenge Is Not For Christians”

Posted on: January 31st, 2018 by Chuck Ball No Comments

“Revenge Is Not For Christians”
The thought of revenge may be natural, but the act of revenge is not for Christians. When we are hurting, the thought of getting even or seeking revenge may seem gratifying and even healing at the time. The truth is, revenge is a premeditated act of ungodliness that requires our thoughts and actions to go to place of darkness that can’t please God. Revenge is never okay and is the opposite of how God expects His children to act in any situation. Revenge is always a selfish act and never brings the satisfaction and healing one expects. “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all”(Rom.12:17).
When we seek revenge, we step into the place of God. God will handle the revenge. “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”(Rom.12:19). So, when someone wrongs you it requires faith and trust in God not to seek revenge and allow Him to handle it. One of the most vulnerable times in our lives is when we’ve been deceived and wronged by someone. At this very critical time in the Christian’s life is when Satan is more than willing to attack and push his ungodly agenda of revenge. Christians must lean on God and trust Him to heal our hurt and to avenge our offender as He sees fit.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”(Rom.12:21).
Chuck Ball

 

 

“Christians and Anger”

Posted on: January 23rd, 2018 by Chuck Ball No Comments

We’re all too familiar with anger. I’ve been angry and I’m sure you have too. Anger is a very strong emotion that has the ability to bring out the worst in people. Jobs have been lost because of anger. Relationships have been destroyed because of anger. Families have been hurt because of anger. Uncontrolled and unresolved anger can be extremely destructive wreaking havoc on the lives of many.
Even Christians get angry, which is why every Christian must understand two things. First of all, Christians should be men and women of self-control (Gal.5:22-23). Even in the midst of severe anger the Christian must possess and practice self-control. The next thing is Christians must handle their anger the right way. “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold” (Eph.4:26-27). When anger is not addressed and properly handled with those involved in a timely manner, we give the devil a foothold in our life. The devil wants the sun to go down on our unresolved anger with the hopes that our anger will turn into a full blown ungodly and unforgiving grudge.
“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret- it leads only to evil” (Psalm 37:8).

 

 

“The Fruit of The Spirit”

Posted on: January 19th, 2018 by Chuck Ball No Comments

Jesus said, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me”(Jno.15:4). As Christians we are expected to bear fruit and the only way we can bear fruit is to remain attached to the vine, Jesus. By remaining attached to the vine, being faithful to God, what kind of fruit are we to bear? “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”(Gal.5:22-23).
Since our baptism we have been Spirit-filled Christians, therefore, we are to exemplify in our lives the very character qualities of Jesus. The fruit of the Spirit is made up of nine different character qualities of our Lord Jesus. Please understand, this is not a pick and choose the one’s you like and don’t like. All nine of these qualities are to have a shining presence in the Christian’s life. If you’re like me, some of these qualities are easily demonstrated in life, while there are a few that are more challenging. We have to pray, study and seek to remain in Jesus so that we’ll bear the fruit in our lives that pleases Him, even the difficult.
“The is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit showing yourselves to be my disciples”(Jno.15:8).

 

 

“Grace and Peace”

Posted on: January 12th, 2018 by Chuck Ball No Comments

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”(Phil.1:2) At first glance, one might think this verse is a simple introductory greeting from the apostle Paul. In fact, you’ve read these very words every time you’ve read a New Testament letter written by the apostle Paul. That’s right, every single Biblical letter that Paul wrote, he mentions “grace and peace” at the beginning. Because of that, I have a hard time dismissing this phrase as simply kind words that Paul offers to his recipients. Don’t get me wrong, they are indeed kind words, but I think far more than that.
Grace and peace are two of the most meaningful words. We all, even those who don’t yet realize it, desperately need God’s grace. And peace, well, I’ll just say that the vast majority of us desire peace in our lives. Grace is the free, unmerited love of God that gives us redemption through Jesus. We “are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”(Rom.3:24) Peace is the direct result of God’s grace. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”(Rom.5:1)
In his letters, Paul mentions grace first, then peace. Grace always comes first, because there’s no peace before the sinner is forgiven through God’s grace. So to me, this Biblical phrase of “grace and peace”, that Paul repeats in each of his letters, is far more than a simple and pleasant greeting. There’s nothing better that we can wish for others than for God’s grace and peace to be theirs.
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”(I Cor.1:3)

 

 

“A Year Of Growth”

Posted on: January 2nd, 2018 by Chuck Ball 1 Comment

Like most years, 2017 had its ups and downs. There were highs and lows, good times and no so good times. Still, I have a very difficult time categorizing 2017 as a “bad year”. Were there bad times? Of course, and some were very challenging, but, let’s not forget the positive. The positive is two-fold.
First, we all experienced some very good times in 2017. From wonderful trips and vacations spent with family and friends to new job opportunities and new births. I think if we look hard enough we’ll see some good times left behind in 2017. Much of life is about making memories with those we love because this life is so short, so don’t overlook or ignore the good memories from 2017.
The other positive is the growth we experience from bad times. That’s right, there is positive that even comes from our most difficult times of 2017. Unfortunately, it seems when we take the time to reflect over a completed year that we have a tendency to focus on the bad times. I’m sure we all endured some difficult experiences last year, but instead of focusing on the negative aspect, why not find the positive. The positive aspect of every single bad experience is that we grow as a result. None of us like going through bad times, I sure don’t. But, James teaches us that those bad times are good for us and mature us. As you reflect on the good and bad times of 2017, don’t forget to notice the growth you experienced as well.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”(James 1:2-4)