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Proverbs 24:17 NIV

“Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,” 

I’m an Auburn fan. Just like you and your team that fandom comes with some expectations. One is when our rivals lose I’m supposed to gloat…a little right. I’ve learned the hard way that it is much better to cheer for my team and leave the comments about others alone. Of course Solomon is talking about a much more serious behavior here. Moses left the Jewish people with the instruction to love their neighbor and the Pharisees added and hate your enemies. Jesus came along and set that straight by instructing us to love our enemies. When we do that it is impossible to celebrate their downfall. The only way to keep your heart from rejoicing at bad news in their story is to train it that way. More exactly it is to have the Holy Spirit so in control of your heart and mind that your immediate reaction is no longer celebration of their misfortune but instead it is prayer and sadness for their pain. Most of us, me included, are probably not there with everyone who has hurt us over the years but God is steadily working on it. I look to the day that I will have the eyes, heart and mind of Christ and see others as His children. Then my response will truly reflect Him and His. Today pray for those who have hurt you and watch God heal your heart. #BeTheEdge

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Jesus

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