1 Samuel 25:23-44

1 Samuel 25:23-44

1 Samuel 25:24Vintage message from December 6, 1998. (The original message was cut off at the end.)

How many of you have ever dealt with people that, even though you probably had nothing to do with why they’re angry, [you] find yourself the recipient of their anger? You know what? It’s okay to say, “I may be at fault.” …If I’m having a bad day, and God sends someone to me and says, “Forgive. Love.” It’s because God sees my heart and He’s concerned about me… How many times have you found yourself saying, “You did not have the right to treat me that way! I have the right to feel the way I do. I have the right to my anger. I have right to my vengeance.” Well, you know what? I’m sorry to tell you, you don’t. God has given us the right to forgive. God has given us the responsibility to forgive. God has given us the call to forgive and to love. God has not given us a right for vengeance for ourself… You know the main reason to forgive? The main reason to forgive the offense, to look aside when someone offends you is because you’ve got a future. God has a plan and a purpose for your life. You’ve got something that God is going to do with you down the road, and you know what? You don’t need the sin on your conscience. It may seem good today, and it may feel good today, but this is the way it is with much of the sin that we fall into. It feels good now but it has lasting consequences…

Are we willing to step out in boldness when we see that our brother or sister is getting ready to step into sin, and say to them, “It’s time to leave it alone. It’s time to walk away from it. Don’t do what you’re going to do, because if you’re going to do this thing that you are planning on doing, understand it may have consequences in your future.” If nothing more, a guilty conscience, and a guilty conscience can be a great hinderance to a servant of God. There are a lot of people I know who do not serve God today because of a guilty conscience. It’s not that they’re not able to serve God, and it’s not that God is not able to use them. It’s that they have crippled themselves because of their own guilty conscience, because of the sin they choose to live in. And you know what? We don’t have to live in sin. We do not have to continue down a path that is sinful…and especially, especially when God goes out of His way to send someone to us to tell us the path you’re heading on is a path into sin, a path that will leave you crippled in your future…

Christians, you will have bad days, you will have challenges, you will have tests to your faith, and you will, from time to time, stumble and fall… Don’t get so discouraged that you walk away. I’m telling you now, you will have bad days. Don’t believe that because you’re a Christian that now everything is going to be rosy; that it’s all going to be good; smooth sailing… You will have bad days, but you have brothers and sisters around you…those who God will use in your life to encourage you, to remind you that you shouldn’t be sinning, to give you direction on how to avoid the sin, and even if you should sin, even if you should fall flat on your face, God has given you brothers and sisters to pick you back up. The Holy Spirit picks you back up.

Pastor Dave Elkins