October 27, 2020


Changing the Culture 4 God

Burnt Bridges – A Devotion by Nerva

Burnt Bridges - A Devotion by Nerva

We’re all human right? We’re all imperfect and not one of us are exempt from the ups and downs in life? Right! And being nosy and watching to see other humans fall and fail is normal right? Wrong! What’s up with this world? How can being a spectator and hater, rather than being a participator and lover be entertaining all of your life? I try not to let it get to me by remembering I am God’s child and if He is for me, who can be against me (Romans 8:31-39)? Undoubtedly, God’s Word remains true: “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him (Proverbs 16:7).” So on the bright side, enemies you are welcomed. I pray my life make you change your mind about Jesus and touch your heart to return to your first love.

Realistically, I am human. Yes, I love other humans, but I do have a few pet peeves about humans in general. Ready? Its human sinful ways – slander, gossip, reviling, etc. (Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). I’m talking about those humans who makes it very obvious that they’re all about adding drama to your space, yet want to add you on Facebook. ‘Like yooooo, you don’t even like me through a phone call or text. I see you peeping and I hear you chirping – I don’t need those negative vibes around me; those seeds of unrighteousness sown into my mind, causing me to stumble. I can’t blend light with dark (Matthew 5:29-30, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18).‘ 

Those humans who are friends with your enemies; Low key looking for ways to discredit and sabotage you, instead of support you kind of enemies. It’s so sad and dealing with this can be aggravating for me. Being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind is imperative for any relationship. Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so (Amos 3:3)?

So what do you do?

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:43-47).” I can just hear my enemies rejoice after reading this text.

So, what is love?

Surely, God is love (1 John 4:8). Now the question remains: ‘If God is love, what does this love consist of, if I should extend it to my neighbors and enemies?’ According to the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17), God’s love for His people consist of jealousy (Exodus 20:5); a Godly jealousy (2 Corinthians 11:2). “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body (1 Corinthians 6:20). Why does any spiritual being get jealous? Because of our sense that a cherished connection we have with another person is threatened, and our fear that a loved one may find someone else to replace us, which can lead to the end of a very important relationship. When humans worship strange gods (which is idolatry – 1 Corinthians 10:14), which the Lord our God has commanded us not to do, and provoke God to anger with abominable living (Proverbs 6:16-19), we forget the covenant of the Lord our God which He made with us.

““How long will God defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked (Psalm 82:2)?”

How much longer can humans walk about in darkness before we fall like every other ruler; before God judges the earth? I tell you the truth, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).” God’s love towards all humans is a love that calls us to repentance (Acts 3:19-21), a repentance which leads to salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10). Or do you despise the riches of his kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance (Romans 2:4)? There is no greater encouragement or love than to preach repentance (Matthew 4:17). Yes, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you – unfortunately, not everyone wants TRUTH (John 14:6), and not everyone wants LOVE (1 John 4:8). Jesus said, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent (Revelation 3:19-22).”

Oftentimes, loving your enemies and doing good to those who persecute you means rebuking their bad vibes and sinful ways. Sadly, most humans in this world don’t want to change (2 Timothy 4:3-4), so they turn their ears to any word that promotes transformation (Romans 12:2). For this reason, division arises among us all (Matthew 10:34, Matthew 25:31-46). We all will face obstacles in life. A great obstacle I am overcoming is clearing my life of bad energy. Unnecessary energy that brings me down isn’t welcomed in my space. Which bridge to cross, which bridge to burn? Most definitely, you gotta know when to burn a bridge and not look back (2 Thessalonians 3:14, Titus 3:10); look at Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19).

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