HOT HEADS FOR JESUS


How can we keep a good attitude and be faithful to Jesus when hot heads prevail? 




When you go online, listen to Christian radio and television or see what’s selling in the book charts, you will find that hot heads have a big audience.

The war of words is filled with shock and awe as we drop half-truth bombs on the world we are called to be peacemakers in. It just may be that we do not love the same world that God loves. Perhaps, we have not been influenced deeply enough by the words of Jesus who is too patient and merciful. We would rather point out the errors and agenda of the other and pray for their destruction.

There is definitely a place for identifying wolves in sheep clothing and those who teach a false gospel. The sad thing is we easily let hot heads lead us off the true path of Jesus who tells us to love our enemies.

Paul gave good instruction on how to live together in a dark world.


Romans 12:
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


The kind person is not a hot head. The compassionate follower of Jesus who treats their enemy well may have quite the affect on the other.


Feeding a hungry enemy might heap burning coals on their head. This is not some kind of twisted retaliation—just the acknowledgement that Christ-like behaviour may set their minds on fire with a dilemma. Will they remain hostile and bitter, or be reconciled as a friend? God desires the latter.



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