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Mockers of righteousness (04/09/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

What causes insolent people to rant and rave with derisive words of mockery at those who love God? Does this mockery happen as a result of love or hate? Do these people wake up in the morning and say, "We hope we can mock someone today, otherwise we just won't feel good?"

If we were to repay evil-intentioned scoffing with similar words, in reaction to these instigators of such venom, we would be guilty of iniquity. Why? Because God says we are not to repay evil for evil. We are to repay evil with good. We should try to soften and change these venomous hearts. Why? Because these individuals are not bound for heaven. God is not pleased with their episodes of mockery of Him and of that which is good.

Are mockers of righteousness happy campers? Do happy, thoughtful people speak words that make fun of others? Obviously, unkind words come from a heart that is irritated.

Will the mocking of others uplift the mocker's angry spirit? No. It will never subdue that which brings about aggravation in such an individual. Bitter individuals could ask themselves the following: 1) Are our unkind words going to improve our day? 2) Why are we upset at good folks? 3) Are they wicked people? 4) Have they done something or said something that has hurt us? Have we ever made fun of someone whom we knew was right, and immediately felt better because of our ranting and raving? Matthew 12:36 Ecclesiastes 12:14 Romans 12:19, 21

How would rancorous-because-of-righteousness people react or respond if they were the recipients of such uncalled-for expression because of their belief in something?

We are to love all of God's enemies and all of our enemies also. We should always respond to evil in a lovable, positive way: 1) We should not shout at our enemies with a blast of unkind words, 2) We should try to uplift their spirits, 3) We should be respectful, 4) We could ask them why they have spoken these words of mockery, 5) We should tell them that we love them, 6) We should tell them that we will be praying for them, 7) We should ask them if we can help them in any way. Love can change a bitter-filled heart; hate will only expel more hate.

It is an awesome thing that God's word has a solution for any problem that may ruffle one's feathers, including a cure-all for mockers of righteousness. Luke 6:22-23 Matthew 5:10-12, 44

Ponder Psalm 119:165 Proverbs 16:7 Galatians 4:16 


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