Don’t Sweat the Infidel
By Marlene A Hibbard
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“Do not fret because of evildoers. Be not envious toward wrongdoers. For they will wither quickly like the grass and fade like the green herb” (Psalm 37:1,2).
Sometimes it’s a very long wait and those offenders have not begun to “wither”. You see no fulfillment of this verse. But you don’t know what’s happening inside them? Maybe you’ll never know about it but sin’s cancer is eating away inside them or some sexually transmitted disease is causing blood in his urine. Not that vindication is our goal but you may be facing temptation and asking yourself, “Why should I practice restraint and resist temptation while he’s out philandering and seemingly getting away with it.”
What to do while we’re waiting.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord” (Psalm 37:3).
Do not worry about or focus on that cheater at all. Focus on God and his promises.
Consider Pharaoh and how impatient the Israelites must have been waiting for their freedom while Moses was paying his visits to the King and God kept hardening Pharaoh’s wicked heart. He even claims to be confessing his sin to Jehovah in Exodus 10:16. He asks for forgiveness. He begs Moses to plead with God to forgive him and take away this deadly plague. “I solemnly promise that I will let you go as soon as the locusts are gone” (Exodus 10:17)
You may have had a mate who keeps on cheating, then comes back and asks forgiveness and makes promises that sound sincere. Even your church officials have encouraged you to take him back and forgive seventy times seven. Don’t let your heart be troubled. You’ve been told that once he repents you are obligated to be reconciled. What a dilemma. How does anyone know that heart of another person? Is his repentance sincere or not? Take another look at Pharaoh. If you didn’t know the story would you believe he was truly sorry for his rebellion or just wanting the plagues to stop? There’s no way you can know. Also, if he is truly repentant, does God command forgiveness or reconciliation? Leave a comment and we will discuss this further. By the way, sometimes your pastor or church leaders can be wrong. It’s happened.
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