Spirit of Forbearance

Spirit of Forbearance By Kirk Hunt

And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?   Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

Romans 2:3–4 NKJV

 

Forbearance can be defined as the act of restraining an action, despite right or privilege.  The bank can choose not to start foreclosure.  The officer can choose not to write a speeding ticket.  They choose to restrain their right and capacity to act.  Jesus and the adulterous woman (John 7:53-8:11) is a prime example of the spirit of forbearance.

 

Jesus, sinless, pure and perfect, could cast the first store.  The Law said He ought to cast the first stone.  Instead, He refused to condemn her. 

 

Jesus was more concerned about her soul than the opinion of the Pharisees.  He had the power to act and the power to restrain Himself.  Graciously, He instructed her to give up sin then sent her back to her life.

 

Jesus held the right, the privilege and capacity to condemn her.  By restraining His action, the woman received an opportunity for repentance and restoration.  Jesus’ forbearance was a strong act of mercy, grace and outreach.

 

The spirit of forbearance is a sister of gentleness.  Forbearance and gentleness only matter where there is the ability to act.  Both require you to consider the impact on others, before yourself.  Do you choose to act against others at every opportunity?  Can you restrain yourself, sometimes?

 

Think:        Forbearance is the power to restrain yourself.  Can you?

 

Pray:           “Lord, help me to restrain myself in order to benefit others.”

 

Copyright © October 2016, Kirk Hunt

 

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Transformed

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Transformed By Kirk Hunt

 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

 Romans 12:2 NKJV

 

When I saw the photo, the theme from The Twilight Zone started playing. I assume only I could hear the tune. I recognized my Gospel brother easily. Frankly, I did not want to recognize the woman, now transformed, standing next to him.

 

The pre-transformation woman in the photo seemed ill-tempered and unloving. I did not want to believe she was ever my loving and gracious Gospel sister. The evidence insisted on staring at me from the living room shelf.

 

Transformation happens when the nature of a person (or thing) is completely changed. Wood can be transformed into heat. Wind can be transformed into electricity. Sinners can be transformed into saints.

 

You have a choice. You can remain as you are, or you can be transformed. God’s power stands ready to make something wonderful and saintly of you.

 

I have always known her as a lovely and loving woman of God. That snapshot tells me she was not always the angel I know. Her choice to embrace God’s plan for her life changed everything.

 

God loves you just as you are. Still, He loves you too much to leave you as you are. Choose Him and be transformed.

 

Think:             I can be transformed by God’s power, if I choose Him.

 

Pray:               “Lord, transform me, Your way.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2014, Kirk Hunt

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Blessed Perception

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Blessed Perception by Kirk Hunt

 

But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.  

Matthew 13:16 KJV

 

There is no equipment failure.  There is no some sensory denial field.  There is the choice you make.

 

You choose to look into His Word.  Or you choose to run.  Probably screaming like a little kid.  There is no third way.

 

Jesus was talking to His Disciples about the Pharisees.  He was also talking to His disciples about their choices.  You do not heal a sick soul by accident.

 

Looking into God’s truth can hurt.  A lot.  His Word is full of power and holiness.  His truth will react fiercely with your sinful nature and imperfect character.  There will be at least some fury and furor as His purity drives out your profane.  I know this from experience.

 

The good news is that His Word will heal you.  In ways you did not anticipate, yet alone desire.  Folks will see your change and want to know why and how.

 

In the end, you will be grateful for your transformation.  The folks around you will also be grateful for your healing.  After giving them relief, your healing will also give them hope.

 

It is a blessing to look into God’s Word.  Make the choice to be healed, by seeing and hearing His strong medicine.  Try not to flinch too much.

 

 

Think:            I want to hear God’s Word and truth because it will heal me.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to see and hear Your Word so that I can be healed.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2013, Kirk Hunt

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Men Of Integrity

“Men Of Integrity” by Kirk Hunt

 

And Nathan departed unto his house.

2 Samuel 12: 15a (KJV)
(Please read 2 Samuel 12:1-15)

 

Nathan humiliated David, a warrior-king. In front of the royal court, the prophet spoke God’s truth without hesitation or restraint. Then he stood there, watching for David’s reaction.

 

Speaking truth to power is a display of integrity. It takes courage to accuse and confront a man with David’s warrior credentials and royal prerogatives. Nathan knew David could order his death and chose to obey God anyway.

 

Repenting after God’s rebuke is a display of integrity. It takes courage to confess and repent in front of a crowd. David chose to retain his relationship with God rather than impress the courtiers.

 

Being a man or woman of integrity is not easy. It requires tough choices. It requires choosing to do what is right rather than what is convenient. Or less humiliating.

 

“You are the man.” Nathan’s love for God led him to speak the truth, rather than compromise. A powerful display of integrity.

 

The prophet walked calmly home. David’s love for God protected Nathan from retaliation. An authentic display of integrity.

 

You have choices today: God’s way or something less. Your choice reveals your integrity. Display the integrity that honors God.

 

Think: Integrity is about doing the right thing, no matter what.

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to respond per Your Word and Way, no matter what.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2011, Kirk Hunt