Art Of Rebellion Part Two

Let me unpack the word premeditation. The Lord spoke to Joshua about setting up cities of refuge. Joshua 20:2-3 was the reason. Verse 3 says, “That the slay who kills a person accidentally or unintentionally may flee there; and they shall be your refuge for the avenger of blood.”

It clearly stated that the opposite of premeditation was accidentally or unintentionally. Disobedience can only fit into the category of premeditation. In truth, I have never in my life connected disobedience with premeditation until the Holy Spirit spoke them into my heart.

What is unforgiveness? It is disobedience to God’s command. Here are two Scriptures. Ephesians 4:31-30 says, “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

As I typed this, the Holy Spirit stopped me on the word tenderhearted. Hebrews 3:13 says, “…lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Hiding sin in our heart not only hardens it, but it keeps us bound in deceitfulness. Saying, “I’m fine” yet harboring unforgiveness toward another is deceit in capital letters. Here is a question to ask yourself. Do I have any hardness of heart towards another or circumstances?

The second scriptural command is Colossians 3:13 says, “Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you; so you also must do.” “Must” is the key word in a command if we are going to obey it.


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