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Worth in Christ

Marc Chagall Flying Carriage1 300x269 Worth in ChristRecently I have found myself getting irritated with a couple of people who are non-Christians. These people seem to take pleasure in causing trouble if not pain. I also started reading the Psalms. Psalm 1:1, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked…”

At the same time, for the longest time, the phrase getting my worth through Christ has been on my mind. I know since becoming a Christian, I have a feeling my life has been broken down, stripping it away to the foundation and that foundation has changed.

These two ideas have come together. I now know I had been trying to get my worth from a non-Christian, a recipe for disaster. 2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” It doesn’t matter what was causing me distress in the actions of the non-Christian. That they were causing me pain meant I was allowing them to speak into my life, when I am not under their counsel, Psalm 1:1.

Without analyzing the situation, I simply need to forgive and give the situation over to God. This seems to work quite well. He can correct me if there were troubles with my actions. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter whether their behavior was outrageous or if I was reading too much into the situation. Who am I to judge the non-Christian, 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 “For what have I to do with judging outsiders?…13 But those who are outside, God judges.” If they were doing something wrong, it’s my job not to judge.

I’ve been working on this for about a month now and it has done wonders. For one of the persons I was having difficulty with, I feel her pain. She is lost and I know that feeling. But I also feel she looks at Christianity, which she is exposed to weekly through work, just as the first part of 1 Cor 1:18 describes. “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” I pray for her. I lavish as much love on her as possible without seeming strange. And I immediately forgive if I feel pained in any way. It’s done wonders in a short time.

I had a thought when I started this little trek that maybe both cases, those involving non-Christians and Christians alike, can and should be worked on concurrently. There are time when I have felt hurt by Christians. Most of those cases I now realize were my own difficulties because I was trying to get worth out of these Christians instead of out of Christ. (A lot more can be written on this; pride, isolation, judgment.) So, I’ve actually gone and made up a list. If you’re not on that list, I’ve been taking comments and criticism and simply asking God if it’s something I should be listening to while not letting it enter into my heart first. God can convict me of it. For those on my list, I will take their words a bit more seriously, but still discern using the Bible and prayer. I’ve actually got another, mental list of sorts, for a few who I should be ready to forgive and disregard each utterance immediately. Not sure this is bad or necessary.

Everything that the Lord does is to bring you closer to Him and to bring you to a new level with Him. (Had to throw that in. Came up from a list friend last week.)

I’ll close with a reminder that we are allowed righteous anger at injustice.
Eph 4:26 – BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

And finally, remember those who are not there yet,
1 Cor 1:18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Yet we who are being saved, have the power of God!

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