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It Takes Two

  • It Takes Two from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    It is a simple fact that if you never opened your mouth, you would never have an argument. I am including our text-based social media conversations as dialogue as well. In short, we are always part of the problem. None of our disagreements escalate without our help. I am talking about personal relationships and keeping the peace. People don't have to think like us to be right. 

    Of course, evil should be resisted. Murderers should answer for their crimes, and evil dictators should be dethroned. But can't we learn to let some of our petty squabbles go? It won't kill you if you say nothing, though it may kill something in you. 

    The Lord has said, "Vengeance is Mine. I will repay." And believe me, He can. The Apostle Paul wrote this:

    (Romans 12:17–20 NKJV)  Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." 

    When King Saul was chasing young David, there were a couple of times when David got the drop on him and could have killed him. He once caught Saul in a cave with his trousers down and another time when he was sleeping. David refused to harm "the Lord's anointed" king. Saul met his demise in time, and David became the next king. It just took patience. Solomon wrote:

    (Proverbs 20:22 NASB)  Do not say, "I will repay evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.

    Just as God created the law of gravity to hold things down to the ground. An atmosphere where plants live off our breath, and we live off theirs. There is the law of the harvest: We reap what we sow. We plant a seed and will later harvest a grown plant with a hundred-fold return if we don't lose heart. The Apostle Paul wrote:

    (Galatians 6:7 NKJV)  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

    "Whatever" is a big word that covers a lot of things. For example, I once gave a widow a computer, and the following month I received several better ones from someone else. Yep, it happened. I have given away forty dollars and received four thousand back later. Sowing and reaping work in the physical realm but also in the spiritual. 

    Jesus said, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" (Luke 6:31). Why? Because the way you treat others will affect how others treat you. The seeds you have planted will come up, both the good and the bad. This is a theme throughout the teachings of Christ: 

    (Luke 6:37–38 NKJV)  "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."

    What if we did the opposite of everything Jesus said there? "Judge others, and you will be judged. Condemn others, and you will be condemned. Refuse to forgive others, and you won't be forgiven. Don't give, and it won't be given to you." For every action, there is a reaction. Ouch.

    Become the person you wish others were. Treat them as you would like them to treat you. Peace on Earth would be great, but start with peace in your household. We are often a mirror, and the same attitude we use is measured and multiplied back to us. 

    Also, never let anyone teach you that your actions have no consequences because you are now "saved." Salvation isn't a "get out of jail free" card. It will help if you stop doing the things that end with you in jail. 

    (Matthew 5:43–44 NKJV)  "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you"

    Resist escalating conflict, for we don't wrestle against flesh and blood, but spirits behind the scenes manipulating people (Ephesians 6:12). The Lord works through His people; So does luci.

    Take the high ground in conversation. The Lord will make things right in due time, for nothing is hidden from His sight. The Apostle Paul chastised the Corinthians for suing one another: 

    (1 Corinthians 6:7–8 NKJV)  Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! 

    (1 Corinthians 6:9–11 NKJV)  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

    The Apostle Peter, who Jesus taught for three and a half years, summed it up this way:

    (1 Peter 3:8–9 NASB)  To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.

    You can pray this with me if you like: 

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You so much for taking care of me! Please help me put a guard over my lips and live in peace with those around me. Let me see others through Your eyes and learn to walk in love. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, I thank You so much for taking care of me! Please help me put a guard over my lips and live in peace with those around me. Let me see others through Your eyes and learn to walk in love. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
July 11, 2022
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter Amen. I pray the Lord helps me to keep a watch over my mouth. I hope to continually help those I see in need. May God watch over and keep us all in His loving care.
July 12, 2022
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father 

July 11, 2022
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

July 11, 2022
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!  Alleluia!!  Amen!!

July 11, 2022
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: July 11, 2022

AMEN.  Heavenly Father,   Thank You for each & every blessing in my life.  I could not do this without You.  AMEN

July 11, 2022
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

Excellent teaching today, thank you. 

July 11, 2022
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen 

July 11, 2022
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen.

July 11, 2022
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen

July 11, 2022
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In the name of Yeshua I pray, Amen.

July 11, 2022
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Maria Melendez
Maria Melendez

Amen ..!

July 11, 2022
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Yes Lord, I pray this! Amen.

July 11, 2022
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Cindy Holcomb
Cindy Holcomb

Amen

July 11, 2022
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

July 11, 2022
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia,Gods blessings to you both...Amen 

July 11, 2022
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

July 11, 2022
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

July 11, 2022
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen and Amen!!!

July 11, 2022
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Valuable message, Pastor Dion! Lord, help me put a guard over my lips and live in peace with those around me. Thank you. Amen

July 11, 2022
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

July 12, 2022
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen 

July 12, 2022
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Great devotion today! I know it is easy to love those who love us and not so easy to love those that dont love us and may be cruel. We dont love their actions or their personality but we try to love them because God loves them. This is not easy to do and we need God's help to do this. It is not easy to be nice to someone that is mean to us or talks bad about us, we want to avoid them at all cost, but Jesus said to pray for them and forgive them we dont have to be friends with them but we have to try our best to be kind to them. One lesson I learned is this, there was this lady I worked with and she thought she knew everything and everyone else was stupid. It was very difficult working near her but I prayed about her and God told me to treat her like she was my best friend so that is what I did. It was amazing the change that I saw in her. When I treated her kindly even when she was mean, she noticed this and began to act nicer to me. Father God help us to love those around us and even those that are difficult to love, in Jesus name I pray!

July 13, 2022