The spirit of christianity: Not vengeance
But no matter the challenges, we are determined to cause revival all over the world through godliness. We must let the world know that Jesus Christ is the Lord. He has no rivalry and by Him all things consist, therefore, nobody can stop the work of God. We must understand that no matter what the world is doing, no matter the actions and feelings of those that hate God and the hypocrites, one thing is certain — we must remain steadfast in emulating our Lord Jesus Christ in godly life and never follow the wicked to do evil, for this will distinguish us from the people of the world.
Is there a price to pay for godliness? Yes, we are paying and are ready to continue till that day, when the chaff shall be separated from the grain, when the Master will appear to take His own to glory. We must not allow the ugly situation of the present time ruin our avowed decision to remain steadfast in godliness. It is in the time of difficulty that godly people are identified. I implore as many that claim to be children of God to make a difference by their godly lifestyles in today’s world that is filled with kidnappers, assassins, armed robbers, adulterers, fornicators, fraudsters, lesbians and homosexuals. For in doing so, the children of God shall be distinguished from the wicked. This is the time we must let the world know the kind of spirit we are made of.
We should not follow the people of the world to commit sin and indulge in wickedness. We must let them know we are not under the rough and sour dispensation of the law, but under the calm and gentle institution of the gospel of Christ, which designs universal love, peace, and goodwill to all mankind.
Heb. 10: 30-31 says: “For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, the Lord shall judge His people. 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
Beloved, the Son of man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And in all manner of divine conversation, He demonstrated that the intent and design of His coming is to save, and not to destroy. He has, by His death on the cross, inspired His people with a spirit of love and unity, forbidding them not to hate those that persecute them and this we observe daily. The spirit of Christianity is not that of wrath and vengeance, but of peace, gentleness and love. We must exemplify the same spirit in our lives and leave vengeance to the Lord.
If we know these, it shall be good if we show them in our characters, offices, communities, schools, markets, etc., in this perilous time. Christ didn’t instil a blind obedience in His people, but requires that their obedience must be founded upon understanding and practice of it. Thus, we must apply ourselves to the knowledge of our Master’s teachings and practice everything that we know to be our duty.
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