Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, lest the LORD see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him. (Proverbs 24:17-18)
Today, as I prepared my Thought of the day on our topic, “How to forgive when it is hard,” I was hit between the eyes with yet another struggle I had (before becoming a Christian) when someone hurt me or did me wrong; I remembered looking forward to seeing the day when they would receive what they had come to them. Which brings me to our fourth do not do point, “Do not celebrate in your enemies’ failures,” as (Proverbs 24:17-18) specifically tells us, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, lest the LORD see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him.” If (vv. 15-16) is aimed at the wicked, who commit crimes against the righteous (vv. 17-18) is directed toward the righteous, who may be tempted to rejoice over the downfall of the wicked (Proverbs 17:5b) puts it this way, “he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.” Moreover, if God takes “no pleasure in the death of the wicked” (Ezekiel 33:11) says; we should not too.
Friends, are you holding on to a grudge with someone? Are you having a difficult time forgiving someone for harm they may have caused you? Have you totally and completely turned that over to Christ? Would you turn it over to Christ? Would you pray with me?
Lord, I ask that You provide the strength I need to forgive those who have offended me and hurt me. It can be so easy to want them to be punished for the wrong they have done and for them to get what they deserve. But that is not Your way, Jesus. Yours is the way of forgiveness. You are slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Even when You were nailed to the cross, You cried out for God to forgive the very people who were murdering You. Fill me with Your strength, compassion, and love, dear Jesus. Mold me in Your image. In Your merciful name, I pray. Amen.
God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><
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