Devotional For The Month!
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:
but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
(1 Peter 3:12) (KJV)
Have you ever been accused by someone of being too holy? Let me explain. Before becoming a Christian, I lived a life devoid of discipline. Whatever I wanted to do; cuss, cheat, steal, lie, drink, I did it. I was by all means an unholy person. Then I got saved. As a result of my salvation, I no longer cussed, cheated, stole, lied, drank or other things. I became holy. To my astonishment, I thought everyone would be thrilled. But oh, to the contrary! I had people who were close to me actually verbally attack my cleanliness. Religious people, who still had a few sins tucked away, were offended by my pure walk with God and zeal for the Lord.
This month's scripture says that the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and that He hears their prayers.
Try walking up to someone on the street and saying, Hello there. I am righteous. God hears my prayers and He answers them. Perhaps this person is drinking a beer and you say, The face of the Lord is against those who do evil. My friend, the response would be something like this: Who do you think you are? Holier than thou? Do you think you are better than me? Does God love you more than me? Of course, we are no better than them, and God loves us both the same, but there is a bottom line. The Blood of Jesus has washed away our sins, and now we stand clean before Him. The difference is obvious to God. He divides everyone up into two categories: the righteous and the unrighteous.
Remember, being called holier than thou is not really an insult. However, be sure you are living a life worthy of the accusation.
(2nd Kings 3)
(2nd Thessalonians 3)
(Psalms 114 to 115)