August 16: Never Rejoice At Your Enemy’s Fall

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 24:17-18

“Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.” (Proverbs 24:17-18)

One judge is enough. If you start judging your enemy and pass the sentence of judgment on him, you will take the case out of My hands.

I, who see all things, will surely vindicate you; but if you start to vindicate yourself, then My responsibility to handle your case has been removed from Me and you are “playing God.”

When you delight in anyone’s fall you are wicked. You will cause Me to be merciful towards that person who has wronged you, for your delight in his fall is even more wicked than all the evil that he has done against you.

Remember, I see all things. I hear all words that are spoken, and I know all thoughts. I am a gracious God Who is longsuffering and merciful. I have not rewarded you according to your wickedness, and I will surely not reward your enemy according to his wickedness, if he repents even a little and turns to Me and asks for forgiveness.

But beware, lest he does not repent and you, upon hearing of his fall, should secretly rejoice at his calamity! Let not such evil be in your heart.

In the day of judgment you will receive as much mercy as you have given to others.

 

 

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