Reconcile – quench the anger

Now Ahithophel urged Absalom, “Let me choose 12,000 men to start out after David tonight. I will catch up with him while he is weary and discouraged. He and his troops will panic, and everyone will run away. Then I will kill only the king… 2 Samuel 17:1-2

Ahithophel was a royal counselor originally for David, a man of God. David would not had him as his counselor if his advices were not godly. Ahithophel was probably the close friend David mentioned in Psalm 55:12-14,

It is not an enemy who taunts me—
I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me—
I could have hidden from them.
Instead, it is you—my equal,
my companion and close friend.
What good fellowship we once enjoyed
as we walked together to the house of God.

A close friend wouldn’t turn as a foe in one day. David had him as his close friend and assumed the friendship to be mutual.

David was no righteous person, he was very wrong in the case of Bathsheba the wife of Uriah. God did forgave David as he sincerely repented, but Ahithophel didn’t – as David didn’t took time to restore that hurt relationship; Ahithophel was the grandfather of Bathsheba the wife of Uriah.

Despite in forgiving David God still judged him –

“This is what the Lord says: Because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view. You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.” 2 Samuel 12:11

Interestingly Ahithophel (the unrestored relationship) arranged for the execution of God’s judgement –

Then Absalom turned to Ahithophel and asked him, “What should I do next?”
Ahithophel told him, “Go and sleep with your father’s concubines, for he has left them here to look after the palace. Then all Israel will know that you have insulted your father beyond hope of reconciliation,… 2 Samuel 16:20-21

God by His grace didn’t allowed Ahithophel advice to succeed beyond what He wanted to happen.

We all make terrible mistakes, on realizing of our mistakes there is a definite order for the reconciliation – rule set by our sweet Lord Jesus Christ:

“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.” Matthew 5:23-24

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The Unusual Choices

“Leave him alone and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to do it. And perhaps the Lord will see that I am being wronged and will bless me because of these curses today.” 2 Samuel 16:11-12

In a day it appears king David had lost it all. David was up against a worst possible treason – by his own son. Now Shimei a ‘no body’ was cursing David the God’s anointed king and was creating a big scene.

David’s loyals wanted to simply wipe off Shimei, but David resigned to act upon his authority and simply allowed those assignments of evil day to happen – knowing the Lord will be fair to him!

There is no great charactered person in truth. All of us are imperfect, has flaw and prone to make mistakes at anytime. But what makes others to say someone is of great character is the right-way the individual choose to respond in a given moment, especially in a evil day/season.

Considering the conflicts/hurting David was going thru’ at that time, to let Shimei pass by brought David hope to please His God and receive blessing.

“…perhaps the Lord will see that I am being wronged…”

God loves us and devil hates us. Devil plans the evil days and assign tasks to attack us. God provides us enough grace and meekness to face the day. When we let God fight the battle, we see ourselves making those unusual choices to bring glory to God.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:4-5

Surprise? – Turn the table!

Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked. “Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied.

“I Am he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.) As Jesus said “I Am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground! John 18:4-6

Lord’s plan for each one of our lives declared in Jeremiah 29:11 clearly states that “They are.. not for disaster“. Also, there is nothing called defeat when we live in God’s will for our lives.

Devil’s plan to steal/kill/destroy may come at us by surprise always. Whether we are prepared for it or not, we must be resolved always in our hearts that God will see thru’ it and will bring us out victoriously – no matter how bleak/dark the situation may look like.

Nothing can equal the boldness of our Lord Jesus Christ. His boldness is not out of His power and authority – but being always in the will of His Father!

The willful laydown of His life begun when these Temple guards and Roman soldiers fell down at His bold response – “I AM HE”!

Our mighty God wants to defeat the devil in the very way we react to “those surprises” from the devil. This can only happen when we,

  1. clearly know and walk in His will
  2. know that He is faithful

There is a supernatural boldness thru’ out the day when we declare “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” and remain careful to live out His will, so we can be resolved no matter what happens that day that Thy will be done in our lives!

The hot wire

I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began. John 17:4-5

God is Spirit, he that worship God should worship Him in spirit and in truth – taught by Christ Jesus in John 4.

Although God see our hearts, feel the aches of our hurting, sense our fear/anxiety – there is only one way a human can express his/her requests to God, that’s thru’ prayer.

Jesus Christ being fully God and fully man when He walked in this earth sincerely prayed for you & me in John 17. He always prayed about everything to the Father God even when He walked in His perfect will, and born & filled in His Spirit.

Jesus never assumed that all going to be okay, but acted on the responsibility of praying – as it is the only way to make the requests known to God the Father.

What are things in our life that we don’t bring into that communion/prayer-life with God, but simply assume/hope that all will be okay.

Let’s keep this wire live all the time.

Are you in love?

(Jesus said) “If you love me, obey my commandments.” John 14:15

Lord Jesus Christ being full of truth, grace and just, never leave us to an assumption of our personal relationship with Him. Rather, He made it plain and clear – “if you love Me – obey!”

Relationship with Christ Jesus is nothing close to other relationship we have towards fellow human beings.

The relationship with fellow human beings goes up and down depending on various factors like you feel happy or sad or frustrated or afraid, you’re able to help them, you have a like hobby or faith or purpose…

But relationship with the Lord Jesus is in our mere obedience to Him. Period.

We can feel all excited and fall in love with Christ Jesus marveling at His thoughts, teachings and miracles He did and continuing to do – but if we don’t obey His commands, we simply assumed we are in love with Him – but actually we are not.

We can never say Jesus Christ has the Lordship over our life when we disobey what He commanded. This is a very simply truth, but need a big visible reminder on a daily basis.

“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?

I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” Luke 6:46-49

 

Want to be wise?

If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. Proverb 15:31

If you give a choice to anyone if they want an encouragement or a criticism (oh yeah a constructive one!) they are likely to choose the first.

Encouragement/applause is very healthy and needed for all of us, but it never stretches us to grow, rather if not careful will put a severe restriction for our further growth.

A constructive criticism on other hand can only come from someone (your mentor) who had been there, done it and had personally committed to make you better than themselves!

Such mentor often times won’t waste time celebrating you on your accomplishments rather use it to criticize on the areas you could’ve done better.

Such criticisms are blessing, this make us to prepare not just to perform well for the audience but make us to think thru’ how our mentor would view us and how he thinks. In such preparation, without our awareness we’re preparing in a level above!

A constructive criticism would never be constructive unless a mutual love and respect is established in that relationship. This is not easy, so as becoming wise!

Clean those feet

Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. John 13:3-5

Our calling, ministry, gifts, abilities, influence and role amounts to nothing before the position God has for us.

The very reason we are unable to serve others willingly is being insecure of who we are in Christ Jesus.

For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6

If our position in Christ is not realized, we would be foolish to rely on our titles, calling and gifts, and become proud and lofty unwilling to humble ourselves before people who are not “worthy enough” in our own eyes.

These are the moments we fail to serve Lord Jesus Christ –

Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ Matthew 25:41-43

Jesus demonstrated the washing of disciples feet not to teach humility but challenged to find our place/position in Him – which alone will make us to wake up, wrap that towel around and start serving others.

Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist…

Let’s follow our Lord Jesus.