We all have a thought life right? I mean, that is who we are. We might be extremely angry with someone.
However, we have the ability (some are better at this than others) to pretend that everything is okay and that we are best buds.
What does the Bible say about this?
Please read the following verses.
21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’
22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,
24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First, go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.
Oh my, there is one: the Lord God who can see through our play-acting.
And yes, it does matter what is in our thought life.
I was thinking this morning about how Jesus summed up the Ten Commandments.
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Love your neighbor? How many houses does this include? Jesus taught us that our neighbor is everyone.
Well preacher, I might be able to like everyone, but I certainly cannot love them.
You are right, we by our own strength cannot love all people. But as believers, we are not asked to live like this without help. The Holy Spirit who indwells the believer will certainly lead, guide and direct our lives and love.
24 “‘” The Lord bless you
25 the Lord make his face shine upon you
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
Be Blessed, Be a Blessing