Have you ever noticed how easy it is to be wicked? And how difficult it is to be moral and righteous? And you’ve probably felt anything BUT overflowing joy when it comes to current events. Right? Yeah, it’s just so darn easy to be mad. But it’s so darn difficult to be joyful when practically the whole world has gone to the dark side.
I just watched a short video where a guy, supposedly “on the right” schooled a younger guy with a dose of reality. He called the younger guy (who made the video on his phone) a “pimple on the left.” OK, sort of a good zinger. But then the guy “on the right” let loose with a barrage of F-bombs and other vulgarity.
And whether you’re “on the right” or “on the left” that’s just stupid. But it’s particularly stupid if your point is actually the right one. Because then you look and sound no better than those who are wrong. In fact, you give them ammunition. Because they see what triggers you…and how to get you to pull the trigger on yourself.
Of course, it works in reverse. Left or Right. It makes no difference.
But, from the right, overflowing joy from the love of God is more powerful.
And the love of God is all around you. Literally. And figuratively. Matter of fact, a guy named Paul wrote, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made…”
Just in case it slipped past you, humans are part of those “things that are made.”
Yeah, we CAN understand God’s invisible attributes. Like love. And overflowing joy. But WILL we?
Well, more and more it seems like…not so much.
In a world that overflows with immoral, wicked, covetous, malicious, envious, murdering haters of God, it’s definitely more difficult, basically impossible, to show joy…without the help of God’s love.
Yeah, if you really wanna drop some “bombs,” drop some coals of fire on your enemy’s head. No, not literal coals of fire. Close the lid on your grille and put the bag of Kingsford back in the garage.
But you can drop metaphorical coals of fire on your enemy’s head when you feed him. Or give him a drink. Or smile when he’s yelling and cursing at you. The main thing is…don’t be like him or her. Or them or it. Be more like your Creator.
And let His love and wisdom flow through you.
Or look stupid. It’s your choice. God isn’t your puppeteer. He didn’t make good people. And He didn’t make bad people. He made people. Most of them hate Him and
With our instruments And overflowing joy”¨,
Send the words to the heavens above”
God forever stands And He forever lives
And He promised us forever love.
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