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Meeting Our Past Selves
Koby Walsh - Jan. 27, 2017
Devotional

Before coming to Christ, Psalms 36:1-4 described me perfectly. I would lie in bed sometimes thinking of wicked plans and deceitful things. I had no fear of God and I continually flattered myself and praised myself. I feel like a lot of people in the world are this way. In my own walk with the Lord, He reminds me of how bad I was by allowing me to meet people who are exactly how I was before I put Christ first in my life. And every time I initially think to myself: “I don’t really want to know this person. I am just going to end up arguing with them over faith or politics or something on which we don’t agree.”

Then God showed me the next few verses in Psalms, the ones that come after a description of evil people. In Psalms 36, beginning in verse 5, the Word says: “Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, Your preserve man and beast. How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings.” Praise the Lord that He is all of these things and so much more! This reminded me that it was not MY act of coming to Christ that saved me; it was not MY faithfulness, MY worship, MY life, MY mercy, MY lovingkindness. It was God’s will and His alone; He alone saves, and He alone died for our sins and rose again so that we can be with Him!

This got me thinking again about those situations in life where I meet those people who do not fear God or who plan deceitful and wicked things. It’s easy to do the wrong thing and judge them harshly. What’s not so easy, however, is to do the right thing, and to act the way that God would. It’s not easy to show them love and mercy and righteousness. We must remember that showing worldly and ungodly people love and mercy is what God wants from us. It doesn’t matter who we are talking about here. Jesus, when he was teaching the Sermon on the Mount, didn’t teach us to “love your enemies, unless they really hurt you!” No! He said to love all people, bless those who persecute us, and to pray for those who spitefully abuse us!

Christians around the world are being spitefully abused and persecuted. But we are called to keep our faith and hope and to show love to those who would do us wrong. We can show the Light of the world to people who have been living in darkness their whole lives. So, next time I meet someone that reminds me of myself years ago, I’m going to love on them, no matter what. I encourage you to do the same, brothers and sisters!