Don’t Gloat When Your Enemies Fall

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Stop wishing bad things on your enemy!

Proverbs 24:17-18:  “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.” 

Sooooo I guess I need to stop envisioning him falling down the stairs, getting hit by a car, or viciously attacked in an alley?  Can I even smile…..just a little bit?  I have to admit, this verse definitely slapped me in the face – hard! Because not only was I waiting for my enemy(ies) to fall, I’ve been praying for it, dreaming about making it happen and everything.  Smh, talk about an attitude adjustment.  This is just one example of how God is convicting me as a person.  And here you all thought I was going to address “bigger” issues that society shines lights on like alcoholism, abuse, pornography, adultery, etc.  Nope, I’m talking about dealing with issues within me, that only the Bible addresses.  Those things that go on in our hearts/minds that no one knows about except God.  Those inner sins, demons, habits, attitudes and behaviors that I need to work on to become a better me.

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