Ever been in a situation where you felt anger being stirred up within you, and you let yourself get sucked in, and you answered back in like angry tones? One day, just before going to church, I let anger rise up, and instead of pushing it aside, I spouted off. Immediately, knew I shouldn’t have answered in the manner I had. Though I confessed to GOD, and intended to apologize to the other as soon as I got home, it took a while to quiet my spirit, so I could worship the LORD.
This morning, I was struck again at the wrongness, the seriousness of my answering back as I had. GOD spoke to my heart as I read I Corinthians 8: 16. HE made it clear that when I sin against a believer, I sin against JESUS HIMSELF.
That reminded me of another verse, where JESUS said, “it is truth what I say to you, inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these MY brethren, you have done it to ME” (Matthew 25:40).
A couple of examples came to mind;
*** A couple lied to the apostles and Peter, led by the HOLY SPIRIT said, “Why has satan filled your heart to lie to the HOLY GHOST” (Acts 5:3).
*** Paul (while still called Saul) was out to persecute more Christians, when a glarlingly bright light appeared, and a terrible voice spoke saying, “… why are you persecuting ME?” Clueless of what was happening, Saul asked, “Who are YOU, LORD?” the voice replied, “I am JESUS, who you are persecuting” (Acts 26:15).
In both of these situations, we see GOD’s identity so merged with HIS believers as to count what is said or done to them, as happening to HIMSELF. We are in HIM.
There is but one GOD the FATHER, of whom are all things, and we in HIM; and one LORD JESUS by whom are all things, and we by HIM (I Corinthians 8:6). “Don’t you know that you are the temple of the HOLY SPIRIT, who is in you, which you have from GOD, and you are not your own?” (I Corinthians 6:19).
The concept of raising my voice in anger, or answering back flippantly to my Creator and Savior horrifies me. Yet that is what I do, when I do it to another believer. Therefore, I have asked the HOLY SPIRIT to keep a watch over my mouth, and to remind me that what I say to others, I am also saying to JESUS, my LORD.
Looking unto JESUS the Author and Perfecter of my faith.