Day 249 –
Don’t gloat over someone else’s misfortunes.
Obadiah 1:12 “But do not gloat over the day of your brother in the day of his misfortune; do not rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their ruin; do not boast in the day of distress.”
We all have our own issues, troubles, and down and dirty problems. My list is uncountable and probably as long as Santa’s “Naughty or Nice List”. But when I see someone else dealing with something hard, I desire and try to lay down my problems to help them carry theirs.
Never should I or do I want to gloat over someone else’s misfortunes, even if I think they may be gloating over mine.
Genuine concern to the point of tears, tugs at my heart strings because of the compassion and power of Christ’s love within me.
Ill will comes from Satan’s schemes.
Satan likes to mess with our minds and deter our hearts desiring to turn us away from Jesus’ ways.
In the early 1980’s, Looney Tunes was one of my favorite cartoons to watch after school. Sylvester the cat and Tweety Bird were always getting into some kind of trouble. Every once and a while Sylvester would have a peaceful angel show up on one of his shoulders speaking goodness into the situation and on the other shoulder a spiteful rotten little devil with horns and a tail would speak cruel thoughts into his head. I believe Satan is probably trying to sit on one of our shoulders, whispering into our ear, telling our head to be spiteful to those who have fallen on hard times.
But if we are saved, and Jesus dwells in our heart, we are full of the Holy Spirit encouraging us to speak love and truth like Sylvester’s sweet angel.
Down deep who would you rather relate with: the sweet angel or the rotten little devil?
Don’t let me find Tweety in your mouth, those feathers are sure to choke you up, but the Words of Christ are sweeter than honey and much better for the soul.