By The Mad Preacher
Listen as we hear two Christians having a discussion. One is upset about a wrong that was done to them:
“Don’t I have the right to be angry about what someone did to me?”
“No you don’t.”
“What do you mean? What they did offended me. I’m very hurt and angry! They deeply hurt me. Don’t I have the right to be angry with them?”
“No you don’t.”
“Why do you keep saying that? It’s very clear that what they did was wrong and I have the right to express my anger at them.”
“No you don’t.”
“Are you a follower of Jesus? Did you give him your life?
“Ah…yes. I did.”
“Then you have no rights. You gave up your personal rights when you surrendered your life to the Lordship of Christ. This is especially true when it comes to interpersonal relationships. Unlike the world we are followers of Jesus, servants of Christ and royal ambassadors of the Kingdom of God. Let me ask you a question.”
“Didn’t Paul say in Galatians 2:20 , ‘I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.’?”
“Ah… yes. Where’s this going?”
“You’ll see in a moment. And did Paul also say in Romans 5:5-7 ‘For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin [the sinful nature] might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.’”?
“Then, what rights does a dead person have? He’s dead! We don’t have the right to hold someone accountable for their sin against us or we may be accountable to God for our forgiveness. Micah 7:19 says, ‘You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.’ You see, we’re not accountable for someone’s actions but we are accountable for our RE-actions.
“The Apostle Paul said in Colossians 3:13, ‘Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.’ So, this is our standard, ‘Forgive as the Lord forgave you.’ When God forgives us he gives us a clean slate and that’s how we must treat anyone who have offended us.
“Paul went to say in Ephesians 4:32, ‘Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’
“Are you following me? I’m being clear?”
“Yes, so far…”
“Good. Sometimes my tongue gets wrapped around my eye tooth and I can’t see what I saying. Jesus said in Matthew 6:14-15, ‘For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.’ This is one of the qualities that set Christians apart from this fallen, sick society that we live in.
“Please, read this passage to me here in Philippians 2”
5 “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset [attitude] as Christ Jesus:
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless [before others] and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life.”
“You see, Jesus became a servant for us. He could have been anything he wanted to be but he chose a life of servitude. He said in Matthew 20:28, ‘…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many…’ You see, he threw away his rights as the Son of God. Should be not we willing, as servant of Jesus, to do the same.
Once again Colossians 3:13 says, ‘Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.’
“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. (Ephesians 4:26-27)