Thursday, January 5, 2012

Glory Not, My Brethren!

Forgotten sins part 8

The sins covered in this post are mainly caused by 2 things":

I. Personal offense (we are offended by our brother, it is not that our brother is sinning against the Lord)

II. Jealousy (covetousness, resentment)

1. Bitterness: Characterized by intense animosity or virulence of feeling or  action:
virulent.

A. Animosity: Excitement of feeling against any one; hostility of mind tending to break out into action, active hatred or enmity. 

B. Virulent: Violently bitter, spiteful, or malignant; full of acrimony or  enmity. 

C. Acrimony: Sharp or irritating bitterness of disposition or manner.

“Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.” Psalm 64:2-4

““Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:” Romans 3:14


"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

“Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.” Colossians 3:19


“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:14-17


“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;” Hebrews 12:15

2. Envy: Malignant  or  hostile feeling; ill-will, malice, enmity.  Active evil, harm,
mischief.  The feeling of mortification and ill-will occasioned by the contemplation of
superior advantages possessed by another.

“Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?” Proverbs 27:4


“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21


“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” James 3:14-16


“For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.” Titus 3:3


“But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.” Acts 17:5


“But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.” Acts 13:45
“And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,” Acts 7:9


“And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.” Genesis 30:1


“And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:26

“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” Romans 12:15

3. Grudge: To murmur; to utter complaints murmuringly; to grumble, complain; to be
discontented or dissatisfied. Ill-will or resentment due to some special cause, as a
personal injury, the superiority of an opponent or rival, or the like.

“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:18

“Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.” James 5:9

“Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.” Psalm 59:15

4. Malice: The desire to injure another person; active ill-will or hatred.

A. Malicious: Of persons, their dispositions, etc.; Given to malice; addicted to sentiments or acts of ill-will

“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,” Romans 1:29


“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:” Ephesians 4:31


“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.” Colosians 3:8


“Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1Corithians 5:8

“Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” 1 Corinthians 14:20


“For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.” Titus 3:3


“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” James 3:14-16


“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,” 1 Peter 2:1


“As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.” 1Peter 2:16


“Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.” 3 John 1:10

5. Malignity: Wicked and deep-rooted ill-will or hatred; intense and persistent desire to cause suffering to another person; propensity to this feeling.

“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,” Romans 1:29


“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.” Matthew 5:21-26


“Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her. Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.” Matthew 26:6-16


“False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul. But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother. But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not: With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.” Psalm 35:11-16


“Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?” 1 Corinthians 6:7

My brethren, these things ought not so to be! We should not have bitter envy in our hearts! We should rejoice with our brethren if they have/get blessings from the Lord! We should not envy their station, wealth, talents, looks, anything! We should not be murmuring against brothers and sisters in the Lord! Look what God did to Miriam(Numbers 12:8-10)! He is the same Righteously Indignant Judge, Who will execute judgment upon all those who commit such grievous sins as these! We are worthy of hell fire when we have malice and malignity in our hearts toward each other! Murderer! You shall pay for your misdeeds. LORD help us to forgive, AND FORGET!!! Not to lay anything against our brother, but to gloriously overlook his offenses toward us, or his “advantages over” us. Not despise him, hate him, repudiate him, etc. Grow up! Your/my little feelings do not matter. The offenses of others give us no excuse for sin! Everyone offends other people. You offend people! What are you going to do when someone offends you, or has something you want/ don’t have? Become bitter? Envious? Hold a grudge? Be full of malice? Build up malignity in your heart? OR… Forgive, overlook, be longsuffering, rejoice with your brother, love your brother, be charitable, be gracious… etc. etc. etc.?

 

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2 comments:

  1. Good things to think about and put in to practice!

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  2. Thank you very much for your comment! All glory to God! He is so good to instruct us in all aspects of our lives through His Word! And, thank you again for hosting the give-away! I really like how feminine your blog is!

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