Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- April 29, 2012
The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head. Psalm 7:15
Troublemakers tend to self-destruct. There is no need to get worked up over their acts of deception. They are dishonest. They lie when the truth will suffice. The harm they intend to inflict on others comes back to hurt them. Troublemakers attempt to discredit those they are jealous of, and in the process, discredit themselves. Troublemakers conceive elaborate plans with evil intent. It is all about them and their agenda. They can easily tell you one thing and do another. With delight, they can push your buttons to get what they want. With a straight face, they can make up stories to embolden their position. Their deception is a means to an end. In their mind a good outcome justifies a polluted process. It doesn’t matter how they get to the goal as long as they reach the goal.
Beware of troublemakers but do not urge them on with too much attention. Keep an eye on them, but do not be consumed by them. Stand up to them in the right spirit without crushing their spirit. They are totally insecure and fearful, afraid to admit their insecurities. Because their acceptance is based on performance, they are always looking for ways to impress others. They miss the point that they are totally and unconditionally accepted in Christ. He is our stability for security. It is not what we do that keeps us secure; it is who we are and whose we are. In Christ we have all we need. We do not have to impress others; we just need to be who we are in Him. The fruit of the Spirit will do the talking for us. People are impressed with follow-through, not fancy false promises.
Trust God with troublemakers. You are not their judge and jury. He can handle them in His timing and in His way. We have our own sins to confess and repent of on a regular basis. Our sins may not be as blatant, but they are still present. We may not sin in as pronounced a manner as a troublemaker; nonetheless we still struggle with dishonesty and deception. It may be on a smaller scale, but we still weigh in as ones who struggle with being troublemakers. So let’s contrast the life of a troublemaker by being a blessing maker. Let’s be a blessing instead of a curse. Let’s extend consolation instead of consternation. Let’s focus on giving instead of taking. Let’s be a solace instead of a pain. Let’s serve instead of being served. Let’s encourage instead of discourage. Kill them with kindness, and watch God turn their hearts toward Him.
Furthermore, pray for troublemakers to trust God. Pray they will offer Him their lives for His glory. Replace gossip with prayers to God on their behalf. At the right time and in the right way, help them understand their destructive ways. Otherwise, they will destroy themselves. They prepare destruction for themselves by preparing themselves for destruction. Be a catalyst of Christ’s to guide them away from this path of self-destruction. Be willing to spend money on a coach who can give them objective feedback and a reality check. But do everything out of love and respect in the context of your relationship. Give them the respect they never had, and they may begin to respect themselves. God’s grace can change troublemakers into blessing makers. We are proof.
Taken from Reading #4 in the 90-day devotional book, “Seeking God in the Psalms”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE
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