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Oh To Be Wise Meditations

Full of hate. When a person's heart is full of hate, dissension is inevitable. Unable to stand another person's company because of the slightest offense. In contrast, when blow ups happen in our lives if we are filled with love, we will cover all wrongs. This is not pretending disagreements do not exist, but its actively choosing not to let them push into endless arguments. Love does not dwell on faults but bears all things. Foolishly we try to cover our own sins when there is surely always a proper time to rebuke a person. Treat others the way you want to be treated, just like you want to be covered when you do something wrong, so do others in our lives. For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil: They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the LORD; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water. Scoundrels use wicked methods, they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just. But honorable people act honorably and stand firm for what is honorable. We walk around with so much hate that love cannot do its perfect work in us. We need to be perfected by the love of Christ, if not we will live a life full of hate with a constant judgmental spirit. When we continue to walk in humility with one another hate has no power over us. We can love freely because Jesus loved us first. A worthless person, a wicked man, is one who walks with a perverse mouth, signaling their deceit with a wink of the eye, a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers. So full of hate even their body language oozes it. Let's be so full of the love of God in Christ that even our body language speaks of the peace of God shining in our hearts daily. So many are in need of the Christmas Spirit this time of year. Hatred has made them full of all kinds of evil. Holy Spirit come and fill us with your peace and joy. We need it desperate not just in this season, but every season of life. At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.


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