Sympathetic Christianity

The needs around the world are mounting and we can each see with our own eyes the sorrow, cruelty and injustice happening daily.   It is overwhelming to say the least and heart breaking hands down.   In these days of dismay I believe we who are of God’s Household need to be on guard so we do not end up going down a wrong road in our faith and to even oppose God’s will.   It is a place where we must especially be on alert so we do not follow our natural inclination, or what society directs no matter how great the need may be.  Jesus gives us insight into this when Peter tried to exercise sympathy with Christ by suggesting he not do what He was on his way to do – which was lay down His life to be crucified on the cross.  Peter spoke out of his natural carnal mind rebuking Jesus to stop what He was about to do.   But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”  Matt 16:23

Imagine Peter’s shock when he heard those words, he was only being loving and sympathetic to Jesus he may have reasoned.  He only wanted what was best for him.  Yet Jesus attributed what he was doing as the work of Satan!

I think we as His children, should meditate on this and let it sink in.  Too many times we are pulled out of the great need of people and situations to give.  We act quickly to help someone out of problems.  We think nothing of this, because we are doing the right thing, but in whose eyes?  Could we be like Peter and be one who is mindful of the things of man, OVER the things of God?

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