WHAT I LEARNED WHEN MY WIFE TOLD ME I WAS PREACHING TOO ‘MEAN’…

There is a horrible Christian subculture that is trying to take over the identity of those who believe in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Especially in America, Christianity is being characterized by mean-spirited, insulting, gun-loving radicals who aren’t much different than what they love to identify as ‘radical-Islam’.

The fact is that if the devil can provoke us to become mean, he can destroy anyone’s desire to become a part of the Kingdom of God.

If the devil can make us ‘mean’, he can change our motives. It’s not about what God wants anymore, but…

about feeding our anger…

about proving we are right…

about condemnation rather than salvation.

Is your anger at sin truly about what God wants or doesn’t want, or about which sins you want to be angry about?

Too many Christians condemn the HIGH PROFILE sins, while excusing pride, insults, arrogance, idolatry, blasphemy and the sins that they have decided that God isn’t as concerned about.

My wife once told me after a sermon, “What you said was good, and true, but I think you lost some of the people because you were preaching like you were angry.”

At first I made excuses, but when I thought about it, she was right. Was I angry at the sin, or was I angry at the sinner? Who do we really think we can convert through ‘fussing at them’ all the time?

When we’re angry, we open the door for our flesh to speak louder than God’s spirit.

Ephesians 4:26-27 (NKJV)

26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give [a]place to the devil.

Colossians 4:6 (NKJV)

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

No matter how much we may feel that we are passionate about the right thing, if we don’t spread God’s word in love, we are doing more harm than good, and He will hold us accountable for being a stumbling block.

Stop and take notice of your tone…your expression… your attitude…your motives, and make sure that the enemy hasn’t hijacked your intentions, just as he did Judas Iscariot. Remember, he was among those who were sent out to cast out demons and work miracles, but the enemy defiled his intentions and motives…

Luke 22:3 (NKJV)

Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve.

When I see the behavior of some who call themselves believers online, on television, on social media… it think about what my wife told me.

If you can’t spread your faith in love, keep it to yourself.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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  1. Reminds me of something my pastor said in a sermon back in the 1980’s. In John 21:17 Jesus DID NOT say to Peter, “Beat my sheep.” 🙂 Instead,

    He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”

    And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”

    Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.”
    John 21:17 NLKV

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      1. Great post! Here’s how it translated…

        Yes, God is good to me. I say it so gladly and so easily. Because He is good to me. I see His hand in every thing I do. In every thing I get right. He gives me the energy to do good, the ideas, the opportunities.

        When I say that God is good to me, it’s not a pêwê, a ‘look what God has given me again’, a whêlakepêla, a ‘I’m better than you’, a ‘ look how cute I’m not. When I say He is good to me, it is a cry of gratitude, of wonder to think that the Great God, the Ruler of the World, the Most High, also knows of me! Is involved with me! Every second of my life! Is not it wonderful and precious?

        Not only in good times, but also in the worst of times, God is good to me. Yes! He is. In the worst of times, He gives me strength to go through there. He gives me hope. Wisdom. A helping hand. Outcome. And just in case you were wondering, I know bad times too. As Appeltjie says: ‘and the knowledge is there that 2 Big Strong Hands help me get up’ when you fall.

        Here’s the good news. God is not only good to me, He is really good to each of us. Also for you! He may be good to me in a different way than you are, because we are all different. Our circumstances differ. But He is definitely good for you too. If you have not noticed it yet, start looking for it on purpose. Because you know what? As soon as you start noticing it, shyly starting to admit it, you are going to notice it more and more! Really! And later you can also just stand in awe because He is so terribly good to you!

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