1 THESSALONIANS 2:16
“hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost.”
I have to admit that I don’t ever remember reading this verse. Now, I know I have, but it has never been clear to me – until now. Look at it again. Paul is telling the Thessalonians that those people who are accusing them and being hostile to them because of the gospel are just full of sin. They are not just sinful. They are sin-full.
Some people relish sin. They love to hurt people. They love the evil. That only comes from one source – the devil. He will pour into the willing vessel that kind of hate. And the sad part is they don’t know they are being used by him. They think they are in control. Don’t forget that we are battling in the spirit world, not flesh and blood.
Teach your children the truth about evil people. The truth is they need Jesus too. If we return hate for hate, if we return evil for evil, we may further drive them away from the Lord. The Word tells us to turn the other cheek. This doesn’t mean we are to let people run over us, but it does mean we are to not take offense.
Our children will, once again, watch us doing this. Let your life exemplify cheek turning. Show them how to treat those people who are sin-full. Show compassion and love to those who attempt to hurt you the most. You are not doing this for yourself or them. You are doing it for Jesus.
Who is the sin-full person in your life right now? Today determine to just be Jesus to them. Ask yourself how He would treat them. Remember He died for them. Would you?
Lord, I want to lash out at those who hurt me. Let me see them as You do – as people in need of a Savior. Use me to draw them to You.