Keep The Animosity Away – Rhapsody Of Realities TeeVo Devotional April 27th

(Build On Love’s Foundation)

TO THE BIBLE: Ephesians 5:2 NASB
“…Walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”

“How could I ever forget what Jess did to me?” Henrietta argued. “She deliberately spread lies about me. How do I forgive her?”
“I know it stings, but you have to choose to forgive her and walk in love, even though you know she did you wrong on purpose,” Angela gently admonished.

1 Corinthians 14:20 AMPC has a highly significant admonition for God’s people. It says, “Brethren, do not be children [immature] in your thinking; continue to be babes in [matters of] evil, but in your minds be mature [men].”

Babies are incapable of maintaining animosity or being bitter. They are too naive for that; they lack the intelligence to even acknowledge that they have been wronged. God wants you to live that way.

Don’t regard the wrong done to you by others to the extent that you become bitter. The Bible says you shouldn’t allow any root of bitterness to spring up in your heart and trouble you, and then tells you why: it’ll defile you (Hebrews 12:15).

It makes no difference how “justified” you may think you are to be angry, bitter, or offended; any action taken as a result of bitterness has defilement in it. It’s only a matter of time before the decadence in it will manifest. Rather, build on love’s foundation.

Remember what James 1:20 GNB says, “Human anger does not achieve God’s righteous purpose.” Some people have been wounded to the point of tears, and with bitterness in their hearts, acted in a wrathful way. But you can’t move with anger and expect that the righteousness of God is being fulfilled.

Also, be wise to recognise when those around you are being motivated by some dissatisfaction, anger and frustration. Correct them. Walk in love and the wisdom of God will guide you in all your affairs.

Go Deeper
Ephesians 4:31 NIV; Proverbs 22:24-25; Matthew 5:44

I give no room for anger or bitterness in my heart. I have the mind of Christ, and God’s essence within me flows out like a stream as I respond to everyone and every situation in love, humility, and grace in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading
Luke 22:39-65, 1 Samuel 29-31
Romans 16:12-27, Psalm 135-136

It’s time to let go of any pain or hurt caused by previous disputes with other people. Let the person(s) in question know you are sorry and accept their apologies as well (if extended).

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