Who is robbing you of your Joy?

It never ceases to amaze me the lengths some will go to in order to be vindictive and take revenge. Pride, jealousy, anger and unforgiveness are not christian values given by God. These are the opposite of love. According to God, “love does not insist on its own way”(1 Cor.13:5), which is what happens when people turn on each other and allow Satan to get a foothold in families and friends relationships.

When friends, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers FAIL to recognize when Satan is at work and it is his intent to destroy relationships between anyone possible in order to take peoples focus off of Christ, Satan wins without us realizing it. When Satan causes people to be less than what Christ intended in ALL of our relationships we become an ineffective witness for Christ.

When we become ineffective witnesses because we will not let go of pride, jealousy, anger, unforgiveness, revenge and vindictiveness the church suffers.

God’s Kingdom will come. God’s Kingdom will move forward, but maybe without our good witness that could lead someone to the foot of a blood stained cross where all forgiveness begins.
 
If I have offended you unknowingly, done something to cause you pain that I am unaware of, I beg your forgiveness and I am truly sorry. If you hold something against me, let me know why so I can be in a right relationship with Christ even if you will not forgive me.
 
Please… don’t let Satan creep into your life and rob your Joy.
 
And remember it is not broken relationships with friends or family that will rob you of your joy. It is not the things known or unknown that someone has done to you that will rob you of your joy or mine.
It is the intent of the enemy to rob you of your joy and make you think it is your friend, brother, sister, mother or father who is against you.

1 John 1:4 (ESV)
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And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

Pastor Wally