Passage: Matthew 5 (NIV 84)
Today: It is Godly, to be moved!
3 When David and his men came to Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. 4 So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. (1 Samuel 30, NIV 84)
35 Jesus wept. (John 11, NIV 84)
David, the prophets of the Old Testament and many men of the Bible were people with a soft and sensational heart; they would weep at the pain of others as well as theirs.
Jesus himself wept at the house of Lazarus. He was moved
Any person who is effectively ministering for the Lord will be moved when they see the hardships of people, I believe. When people have an “I don’t care what happens to others” attitude, that looks more like satan than God. That was the attitude of the mass shooters; they just don’t care what happens to others.
When the friends of Job came to see him, they just couldn’t talk; they sat quietly for a week! Ezekiel had a similar response when he saw the situation of the people in exile. He just couldn’t even talk!
Jesus was moved with compassion when he saw multitudes waiting for him; He was moved when he saw the situation of the temple and all the wrong things there. Jesus was moved when he saw hungry people
The spiritual, emotional and physical needs of people moved Jesus
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited. (Rom 15, NIV)-emphasis added
It is God’s advice that we rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. But sometimes we see people doing the opposite: they mourn when they see others rejoice and they rejoice when they see others mourn!
Again, that is not from God, and such people are unlikely to reach God
There are talks going on these days, about gun control and stuff like that
That is just the tip of the ice berg; media, video games with violence, unnecessary medications, drugs, all add up to the bigger part of the problem
The control starts in our hearts and homes, not in the Whitehouse, I believe
As a parent, if you buy any games for kids that has violence in it, get rid of it!
Now, they may enjoy shooting their victims down, in their video game; but that mentality/mindset can do bad later.
May God show us what is right and help us to do that which is right; we need a change of our attitudes, our approaches
Prayer: Father God, we thank for being the best father ever. Many homes are without a father in the home, and we see what happens. Help us- fathers and mothers, to do the right thing for our children and the community. In Jesus’name, Amen
The family that stays together prays together