‘if any one the sanctuary of God doth waste, him shall God waste; for the sanctuary of God is holy, the which ye are.’
Be angry and sin not
We all have underline issues that causes us to accuse God for the life we have in terms of our abusive ways. It is as natural to us as holiness is to God. We as a people cannot control our sinful nature or come to terms as to the appropriate way to be angry without sin. We are an angry race primarily by the abuses of sin. Struggling to survive from the day we were born. One way or another we’ll pass on the many variances of this plague of angry against God and man. My mother’s often said, ‘anger is like acid that destroys the container.’ But what to do? Not that she did nothing, she was steadfast social worker I ever knew. The best Christians are good social workers.
Our hearts are deceitful and our minds are continually enmity against God according to the Bible.
Asking question such as, where was God and why does abuse happen to the innocent. Blaming God inadvertently we blame ourselves. Passing the buck, we propagate an age old feeling of low self esteem that punishes at every point of reference for much longer than two thousands years ago.
…And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
I believe that there is no way avoiding the influences of sin or the laws of God who rules in affairs of men. That interactive nature by the anuser that only Jesus can fix permanently. It doesn’t matter the religion of choice. We all suffer various abuse by virtue of being born and especially the born agains who is commanded to love and forgive. Therein lies the underline problem to which the teachings of Jesus is conditioned to solve. At first we struggled against God in the world and then we struggle with God against the world. Living a life that is better sweet by the experiences of our own abusive nature. It’s like looking in a mirror to see our face but the eyes reflects a history best forgotten. Have no fear Jesus is near.
It gets personal I know. Sin is a blanket word in terms of abuse. I ask myself, what if there wasn’t the knowledge of sin or the lasting effects of sin in the world? How would we strive to become civil with each others moral stands regarding hate crimes against humanity and against God. How can we escape the consequences of our own nature as victims and victimizers, if not through the shed blood and the redemptive attitude of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God?
Old time people puts it simple, ‘Jesus is the Answer and the more analytical we become the more abusive we are to each other. Some are able to mask their abusive nature becoming hardened and numb their own faults. Craving for legitimacy hardly apt to confess our faults one to another. Confession is good for the soul and God wants us to prosper even as our soul prospers. Often I pray, Lord not according to my knowledge and understanding but according to your wisdom I remain silent until you speak in me. Please forgive me.
The Blame Game
I by no means minimize the far reaching tentacles of abuse. Especially for the experiences of physical, sexual and mental abuses. Anyone finding this article offensive, forgive me. I pray that you forgive forget and survive the vicious cycles of sin and abuse against God and man, woman, boys and girls. God is able to heal giving the joy of life no one can take away because it originated in God.
Forgiving and forgetting the effects of abuse from the inside out. Both in our spiritual life and in our soul. Don’t harbor hate but love God and our neighbor as well as ourselves because God is love in His simplest form. Owe no one nothing but to love them, esteeming each other higher than ourselves being servants of God.
The accuser of the brethren himself cannot enter into our most holy self because the kingdom of heaven is within us. We are made in the image of God. God said that ‘greater is He that is within us than he that is in the world.’ being born we are shaped in iniquity. Jesus is our hope of Glory.
Temptations are natural but the tempter won’t be around to see it through. Leaving us to commit and share in the responsibility our own sinful acts. The origination of sins is blanketed in the pride of life and the downfall of all mankind. Justifying ourselves we cry beneath the weight of sin that is so easily besetting. Subtly we accuse and abuse saying the Devil made me do it.
I was recently asked, why is life so hard for a working black man? I replied with a question of my own. If you were offered houses and lands with all the food you can eat, would you be the administrator of the Antichrist or would you prefer to till the land? He replied without hesitating, I couldn’t sell my family so I wouldn’t accept. For what it’s worth that’s a true story.
Why am I abused we accused? I must have brought it on myself. What did I do? God will not save me because He doesn’t love me. Nobody loves me. I hate myself for being so vulnerable, why would anyone love me? I don’t really like myself. If they knew me they wouldn’t love me, so why pretend to be any more than I am. Hiding from God like Adam did in the Garden.
The Devil is a slanderer enforcing the attitudes of a prideful life. Victims we are of a familiar spirits that knows us more than we know of our own genetic code.
The Devil made me do it
Where was the Devil when God called, Adam where are you? Adam replied, I heard your voice walking in the Garden and hid myself. Adam’s guilt did not hinder God from showing up. He Adam passed on that blame game to us as well as to Eve. Eve to the Devil and the Devil being lifted in pride accused God.
Likewise where was that Devil when we perpetrated the demons of your own abuse? For example our natural tendency to be angered against God and man. Be angry and sin not is a life long study of perfection.
The responsibility for forgiveness is ours for the asking and forgiving. First of God by our own repentance and then from our neighbor as ourselves. It is a package deal just like the first and second commandment. God owes us nothing except to love us in the person of His son who died for our sins. He Himself being innocent of sin.
Forgiveness has to be cultivated in a progressive manner, starting with God who forgives us through Jesus Christ. Casting our own sins into a sea of forgetfulness. All our sins are throne into the same sea by God, regardless of its severity. Forgiveness is better when the sin is forgotten. Cast into the sea of forgetfulness was our sins of abuses through Jesus Christ. If you have a better offer, run with it. Okay! So your sins are more regrettable than mine. Keep under control that abusive nature by talking to someone anointed to be empathic. Seek out the many gifted psychologists and social workers working on the frontline of recovery. Recover is not complete without the forgiveness of sin. For that we need the five fold ministry given to the Church. Ephesians 4:11-13, “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (NASB).
Finally My Friend,
It was Jesus the Son of God in His final moments of abuse cried, My God, My God why have you forsaken me? Totally out of character for the Son Of God. It is said that He experienced hematohidrosis while praying in the garden of Gethsemane …“and being in anguish he prayed more earnestly and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”
Reading where Jesus ask of His Father, if there be any other way let this burden of abuse pass from me. Nevertheless not my will but your will be done. The curse of the cross was as compulsory for salvation as was the curse in the Garden compulsory after the fall. Sin is a blanket term nurturing the pride of life, where as salvation is for the individual own repentance and forgiveness but you have to ask for it. Might not get exactly what you ask for but it will feel a whole lot better.
Adam blamed God for giving him the woman. Blaming her for his own disobedience. Eve blamed the Serpent, birthing children in anguish. The Devil accused God of being selfish not wanting us to know good and evil as He does. Knowing fully well that his only chance to take the earth from mankind was if we know him as well as we know the Lord. The glory of heaven versus the pleasures of sin is a temporary experience we pass through. There is a joy not given by man and no man can take it away. It’s like being born again in the kingdom of God.
And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven, “Now have come salvation and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, who accused them before our God day and night.
God’s ultimate rebuttal to the abuses of sin is Jesus Christ. So that according to John 3:16 He provided grace and we must be determined to walk in it. Sin is a blanket description that strives on our sense of pride. To be lifted up in the pride of life is to exalt ourselves above measure. Whoever exalts themselves shall be abased. Much like that crafty slanderous Devil did in the garden. That’s it right there my friend! Be healed in Jesus name.