Google+ 02/17/14 I Am the Lord!

Leviticus 19:16-18

 

“Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people.

“Do not stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is threatened. I am the Lord

“Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives.

Confront people directly so you will not be held guilty for their sin.

“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite,

But love your neighbor as yourself.

I am the Lord.

 

In part seven of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Sharing God's Love!" we turn directly to Moses to hear God's words to us.  Last week we dealt with the power of God's love in our lives.  We sought to understand it and not be overwhelmed or confused by the scope of it.  This week, we must understand how to apply it to our every-day loving situations.  Notice that first on Moses's list was to tell us to not spread slanderous gossip among our people.  As a pastor, I have often observed the destruction that gossip causes amongst believers.  I know exactly why we do it and I deplore it.  We put someone else down, and make up or exaggerate stories about them, to make ourselves look better.  How I wish I could convince people not to do this.  The hurt that comes from this kind of satanic influence is usually devastating to all involved.  We are to protect each other when our lives are threatened.  We are not to nurse hatred in our hearts for anyone.  Rather, we are to confront the issues, one-on-one.  If we don't, we will be held accountable for their sins.  "Well, that's not fair!  I didn't do it!!!" Christianity and our collective lives are rarely fair.  Jesus did nothing wrong and ended up on a cross.  What's fair is unimportant.  Being obedient to God's words and commands is all that matters.  Moses tells us to not hold grudges or seek revenge.  We must use God's agape love to "love our neighbors as ourselves."  There is much to learn from Moses in these three short verses of God's Word.  Notice that each passage of Scripture is followed by a very important phrase.  It is one that we Christians forget every time we open our mouths to slander or gossip about each other.  We forget it when we seek revenge or harbor grudges. We forget it when our lives are threatened.  Here are the most important four words in our lives and let's remember them before we commit one more sin with our heart or mouth.  "I Am the Lord!"