How Patient Are You?

Same old same old

Psalm 109 Patient Wise Counsel: Just as in Job’s and King David’s time, our world is fraught with vile words and hateful responses without considering the other person. Too quickly, we forget this principle: “I tell you that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every worthless word they speak.” [Mat 12:36] 

So how do we handle accusations from others that are threatening and often ill-founded? Even though the psalmist desired vindication, he wrestled with God in a verbal dialog. He tried loving his enemies, much like Jesus told his audience, “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Instead, they repaid his love with evil and vile accusations. Instead of giving up or retaliating, he prayed. That is a WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) response just as Peter noted: “he, meaning Jesus, threatened no retaliation, but committed himself to God who judges justly.” He was able to do that because God will make all things that are wrong now, right in the end. He will have the last word.

The psalmist said, “I continue to pray.” He continued! What a great reminder to those of us that quit early with our grumbling. What wise counsel Paul offered to the Colossians: be devoted to prayer.

Imagine if more prayer was offered.

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