I Have Not Troubled Israel

1 Kings 18:18 –  18 And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals.
One of the most unpleasant things to watch is an innocent person be ridiculed and persecuted by those around them for something that they did not do. While it may be unpleasant to watch in our society, it is heartbreaking to see it happening in our churches. Why is it that so many “Christians” spend so much of their time and energy causing problems within their churches and churches that they do not belong to? They claim that it is done out of love, but I suspect that their motives are for other reasons.  I have often said that the greatest trouble for the church is the trouble that comes from inside the church.
In today’s passage, Elijah is accused by some of causing trouble within Israel. His response was “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals.” The desire of these people were to damage Elijah and the Lord’s ministry that was occurring through Elijah. Elijah quickly pointed out that the damage was not from the one they were accusing, but from those doing the accusing. As you look at those in your churches that seem to be quick to blame others, ask for the Lord’s wisdom and guidance to see what is really driving that. As followers of Christ, we are to love as Christ loved. Are the words of those making accusations words of love from God? If not, then where are they from?
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

 

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