Life Is But A Cruise

Reenacting torture during a demonstration in B... 

Most of us in this present day and age can’t stand to be uncomfortable for a few minutes.  We come unglued if our flight gets delayed or we get stuck in traffic for a few hours.  What would we do if we faced imprisonment, torture and death for our faith?  A better question to ask is, What will we do when we face imprisonment, torture and death for our faith in Jesus?  What will we do? 

Jesus told us to get on our cruise ships and follow him.  No, He said we must pick up our crosses and follow Him (Luke 14:27, Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34).  “Cross” doesn’t refer to getting stuck in an elevator with a loud mouth and miss an important luncheon.  The cross means a tortuous death!  The Bible tells us that we must suffer (2 Titus 2:3) and we’re blessed when others persecute us (Matthew 5:11-12).  Does that make you feel good?

The next time we get hurt and upset because the boss moved our desk away from the window (that really happened) we could take a moment to think of modern day martyrs.  Bounchan lost his job as a Communist Party district leader in Laos.  Soon, he was imprisoned, tortured, starved, locked in stocks and placed in solitary confinement for more than 10 years!  His crime – telling others about Jesus. 

Learn more about Bounchan and other martyrs at The Voice Of The Martyrs website, Persecution.com

I’m Offended

Nick's cut tongue

Nick’s cut tongue (Photo credit: drewleavy)

“I’m so offended!  How dare you say that to me!  That’s unforgivable.   What did she say that for?  I got so mad at those stupid people, I cussed them out.  He stole my ideas, that bastard!”

offense results in slander = wound / injury resulting in sickness

“She gave me that look again.  What did that idiot say this time?  I hate him!  To hell with you. You’re such a screw up.  I hope that guy dies this time, he’s a jerk!”

Psalms 64:3 They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows.

“Shut up looser. Here she comes again rattling about that new car. I’m so sick of dealing with these people.”

Just a sample of some of the slanderous things we say about and to others.  I’ve said them and worse things than this.  We’re all guilty of saying and thinking such things.  Problem is, we might as well burn ourselves with acid every time we get offended at others because we do physical harm to ourselves as well as the other party.

Psalms 64:8 Their slander will bring about their demise.  All who see them will shudder,

Our evil words do us harm. We become sick, get sores in our mouths, heart attacks and so much more.  The people who have offended us may or may not get sick but we ultimately do.

Feeling sick

Feeling sick (Photo credit: tö)

I’ve just learned how getting offended injures us and causes illness watching Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural [watch it here].

 Whenever we feel offended we usually start bad mouthing someone.  According to the Bible, slander is essentially evil speech against others.  An offense is feeling insulted.  It doesn’t matter if it’s justified or not.

“I hate that creep for what he said.  That woman is so crazy she has to take pills or she’d be in a rubber room.”

Psalms 101:5 I will destroy anyone who slanders his neighbor in secret.  I will not tolerate anyone who has a cocky demeanor and an arrogant attitude.

“I hate the way they talk about how smart their kids are.  That bitch is so mean to everyone.  She has no business owning her own home.”

Psalms 26:22 The words of one who says evil of his neighbor secretly are like sweet food, they go down into the inner parts of the stomach (BBE).

The stomach digests food then sends nutrients out to every cell in the body.  If we eat bad food,  not only can it upset our stomachs but it can do harm to every part of our bodies.

Psalms 15:2 Whoever lives a blameless life, does what is right, and speaks honestly. 3 He does not slander, or do harm to others, or insult his neighbor.

“Boss, that guy you hired is a stupid, lazy jerk who can’t do anything right.  She made me feel bad about myself at the meeting.”

Proverbs 30:10 Never slander a worker to the employer, or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it (NLT).

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Sculpture by Ron Mueck – Two Women 2005 (Photo credit: Degilbo on flickr)

“Want to know what she told me?  He spends every night at a different woman’s house.”

Proverbs 11:13 The one who goes about slandering others reveals secrets, but the one who is trustworthy conceals a matter.

“Can you believe he spent all of his savings on a motorcycle?  I ought to report all of them for breaking the rules.”

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart come evil ideas, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

“That’s not fair!  I had to pay why shouldn’t they?  Everybody always hurts me!  They just let their kids do anything.”

2 Timothy 3:3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good

“I hate them!  I hate that ugly car he drives.  I’ll never forgive those horrible people for the things they said about me!”

1 Peter 2:1 So clean house!  Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk (MSG).

“You can’t tell my child to stay off your property!  Your dog crapped on my lawn so here it is.”

2 Peter 2:11 yet even angels, who are much more powerful, do not bring a slanderous judgment against them before the Lord.

“What did she mean by that remark?  Is he making fun of me?  They don’t respect me.  Damn them.”

Proverbs 19:11 A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.

“She put a candy wrapper on my desk again.  Well, no big deal.  I know she’s not paying attention to her own actions.  If she does it again I’ll show her the trash can.  It’s really just small potatoes.”

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

“Pardon me, I didn’t mean to step on your foot.  Please forgive me.”

Offensive reflection

Offensive reflection (Photo credit: Sarutobi sasuke)

Do you find this post offensive or even slanderous in some way?  Best thing to do is forgive and go on with life.

Hyper Vigilance For People

Something positive came from a kidnapping!  A teen who was kidnaped in Guatemala City now has a “hyper vigilance for people” concerning their safety.  Read more about Bethani Thomas on the International Mission Board website.

Genesis 50:20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

Matthew 7:17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.  18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.

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View of Guatemala City with the “Agua”, “Fuego”, “Acatenango” volcanoes in the background (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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