Hello! How is everyone? I hope all is well-despite the provoking spirit that lingers in the air. I am finding that more and more people are bitter, angry, and just plain crazy. I maintain it is because many are so needy and insecure that they truly believe life is all about them! Oh, try telling them it isn’t all about them and see if you can do it without an argument…”Holy smokes, Batman!” It would be impressive if you got away without a scratch. The choice one needs to make is this “do I retaliate? Or, do I let it go?” Sadly, you might not win either way because misery loves company and will do whatever it can to make you act the same. I just went through this myself today. I thought I took the “high road” by not engaging in conversation, and instead the person hung up on me. See what I mean?
That’s one of the reasons I chose this scripture. What will be our action? Or, will there be a reaction. Actually, I had this scripture picked BEFORE this happened. Blessed is the person who does not walk with the wicked. Wicked means anything or anyone who is behaves ungodly-un-Christlike. The person I dealt with was acting wicked by picking a fight and then hanging up on me. They want me to react. Had I reacted, I would have then “stood” in the same way that sinners take-meaning now we are interacting pretty much the same. That person throws insults, then I throw insults and it seems like we are the same type of person. The we eventually would “sit”with mockers. Do you notice the progression of behavior? We walk in sinful behavior, then we stand (no longer moving towards godliness; then we sit with ungodly. That’s how easy and comfortable it can become. Bad or ungodly behavior is very natural to mankind.
But, to the person who delights in God’s laws (ways), he/she focuses on God constantly. They meditate (think about) God so, therefore, they are putting God and His ways in place of themselves and their ways. When a person puts God ahead of themselves, they become spiritually fed by God. That’s why they can be “like tree planted by streams of water” These trees are strong and healthy and flourish because the roots go way down deep in the soil and are constantly being watered because the soil soaks up the water-which gives the trees life; which produces fruit. It is the sane knowing and walking with God. When we are rooted into the Word of God (scripture), we begin to produce new life and we begin to bear fruit as well. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23) Do you see how this is the complete opposite of sinful behavior and mocking? One type of behavior is acted out in the flesh and the other is a by-product that can only come from new life through Jesus Christ. “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus] Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil” (Romans 16:17-19) As we delight in God, we begin to obey His precepts-which replaces our previous behavior. PLEASE NOTE: it is not always instantaneous. I still fail and sin, but, I know that forgiveness is only a prayer away and so it is with you.
I leave you to read the entirety of Psalm 1 as you Walk Every Day With Grace.
In His love,
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.”