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Rejoicing at Calamity

"He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished (Proverbs 17:5 NKJV)."

Whenever you see a movie, one thing is almost inevitable: In the end, the hero prevails and the villain finally gets what is coming to him. We all rejoice when this happens. It's one of the most enjoyable parts of the movie.

That's fine. It's OK to enjoy the movie. Even the part where the villain suffers. But in real life, doing the same thing will bring big problems.

You may say: "I have forgiven him; that's all I have to do. Now God is paying him back." And you are enjoying the fact that this is happening.

Whenever you enjoy someone else's suffering—no matter how well deserved—YOU are sinning. YOU are giving power to the Devil. And YOU will suffer as a result of YOUR sin.

One way God disciplines his children is to allow the Devil to cause them pain as a result of their sins.

How? Like when you later find yourself depressed and you just can't seem to shake it. Like when you later feel really nervous for no other reason, and you just can't seem to relax.

But why wait to be hurt? Confess the sin to God, pray for the person whose calamity you have enjoyed and make a firm decision that you are not going to do this again—ever.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9 NIV).”

By exercising self-discipline, we can avoid a whole lot of unnecessary pain: "But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world (1 Corinthians 11:31-32 NIV)."

 

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