Is God listening to everything? Does he really care? I was visiting with a 3rd grader who was telling me how much it hurt her that kids in her class at school were carelessly using God’s name. She told me that she tried to get them to stop and that she didn’t like it when they used God’s name in a bad way. When she did that, she said that they did it all the more and didn’t stop. I asked this 3rd grader if she believes God hears yours and theirs words. She said she did and learned in AWANA that God said, “You know what I am going to say before even I say it.” (Psalm 139:4) As we talked, she told me how it hurts her heart. “That is your meeting place, secret place with God. Rather than trying to get the kids to stop, just go to that secret place and tell God how it hurts your heart when they use His name so badly and let him fix it.” “…then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:4) She did. No. The kids didn’t stop. But her attitude changed and she is being kinder. As Pastor Mark said in AWANA, “We can be magnanimous.” She is learning to be magnanimous by practicing Romans 12:21, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Are you struggling like this 3rd grader to be magnanimous? Let’s talk. Pastor Roger firstname.lastname@example.org.
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