LEARNING TO LISTEN

As much as it is possible, live in peace with everyone. Don’t take revenge, dear friends. Instead, let God’s anger take care of it. After all, Scripture says, “I alone have the right to take revenge. I will pay back, says the Lord.” Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil with good. (Romans 12:18-19, 21 GW)

After being run over by a 13,000 lb. CASE-580 Backhoe, in 1993, SIX long years of back trouble (from falling down a flight of stairs), and NOW, with a 10-year-old “diagnosis” of ALS… (Which I believe and declare that I am healed and getting better every day!) I have learned one BIG eye-opener. “I AM NOT GOD, and neither are you.” Therefore, it’s not my job to seek revenge. That’s why the verse above says, “I alone have the right to take revenge. I will pay back, says the Lord.” So, if you are seeking revenge on someone, it’s time to,  “… let God’s anger take care of it.”

Most of you know that I have difficulty speaking, “temporarily.” But, what you don’t know is my ability to listen. When you are sitting in a big room full of people, what do YOU do? I listen. I listen to people and I even listen to God. You would be shocked if you listened to the people who are angry, or full of hatred, and their frustration level is off the chart. But, what does anger do? What does hatred and frustration do? They do absolutely nothing good. They rob you of the most expensive thing in the world. TIME. Time you will never get back. It gives evil a booster shot of poison to spread. There is a better way… we read it in the verse above,  “Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil with good.”

In Him,  

Pastor Kevin Kinchen       

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