Posts Tagged ‘consequences’

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But after Xerxes’ anger had subsided, he began thinking about Vashti and what she had done and the decree he had made.” (Esther‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ NLT)

“Hey, Pastor Mike, you got an extra cellphone I can use?” I looked at the young man with a confused gaze; he had gotten a new phone not long before. After saying I didn’t, I asked about the state of his new phone. With a rather sheepish look, he explained that in a fit of rage, he had thrown it at his dashboard only to have it bounce out the window of his car and into eternity. Bummer.

Like King Xerxes, we can sometimes fly into a lather over negative situations, but we can’t react in such a way that harms us. Regret cannot restore what we break, especially if it involves other hearts. While a cellphone can be replaced, albeit expensively, relationships are trickier.

If you have a habit of reacting in “fits of passion”, take a beat before you do. Never respond if you feel your blood pressure spiking; wait until you can be calm and civil. A moment of quiet grace is worth 10 cellphones and all the relationships you treasure! You are loved today! Calm thyself!

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So on March 7, the two decrees of the king were put into effect. On that day, the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but quite the opposite happened. It was the Jews who overpowered their enemies.” (Esther 9:1 NLT)

In retaliation to the Corpus Christi Day Bombing on June 7, 1896, in Barcelona, Spain, police began arresting people suspected of terrorism, employing Inquisition-style interrogations with many innocent people dying from the torture. When the Spanish Prime Minister was assassinated as a fallout of the violence, the Captain-General was booted from office due to his bloody tactics that had stirred up the people.

What many don’t know is that had the Prime Minister not been killed, mayhem would have continued and the Captain-General of Spain could have put down the revolts taking place in Cuba. But with his dismissal, Cuba flared back up, giving America the chance to take Cuba, leading to the Spanish American War, and the histories of Cuba and Puerto Rico would be much different! One single action can produce a ripple-effect that impacts many lives, for good or ill.

Today, take time to consider how you act or react, knowing that both can affect those around you. Pray for your government, who makes decisions daily that affect us all as well. Evil will always reign when good men do nothing! Do what’s right! You are loved today!

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But in midautumn of that year, Ishmael son of Nethaniah…killed Gedaliah and all the Judeans and Babylonians who were with Gedaliah at Mizpah. Then all the people fled in panic to Egypt, for they were afraid of what the Babylonians would do to them.” (2 Kings 25:25, 26 NLT)

One of the most infamous family feuds in America is the Slicker War of the Ozarks, between the Turks & Joneses. Following a saloon brawl on Election Day of 1840, with sore feelings and a chance for revenge, the Turks assist a bounty hunter by apprehending a Jones wanted for a crime. After that, the bloodshed begins. It ends when a group of Turks nearly kill an innocent farmer and the government comes in.

Suffice it to say, many are affected by the actions of a few, just as in this Bible story. A cowardly act of violence that would really accomplish nothing sends a wholesale panic through the Israelites, sending people into another exodus, this time back to Egypt. Had Ishmael behaved, everyone could have lived in peace. But his hotheadedness made families flee in fear, leaving behind all they knew and had.

Our actions and reactions also have consequences. Even the laws of physics tell us that for every action, there will be an equal and opposite reaction. So let your actions be screened through God’s wisdom, not your passion. Don’t make others pay for what you feel like doing! You are loved today! Behave!

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