Delighting in the Enemy
Soul Snack 127 ... Delighting in the Enemy
"What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God you have punished us less than our sins have deserved ..." (Ezra 9:13)
Un-forgiveness is sweetly savoured, resentment a delicious delight. Vengeance most deliberate, and my enemies end so satisfyingly pleasant. Other’s evil deeds are well remembered, even recompensed.
The stings, indeed wounds received from the barbs of injustice will help us all greatly to remember.
It is easy to understand another's sin against me. Yet, heaven too understands my sins, my delivered (and not just received) injustices. Heaven sees un-forgiveness as sin and resentment as equally dreadful. The barbs of injustice are even more deeply embedded into heaven - consider the Cross. Yet, heaven finds no pleasure in the fall of His enemy. Heaven, thankfully retains no ill-will.
My guilt does not permit me access to heaven. Yet, I am not punished as my sin warrants.
The vast spread of my distance from God, I fail to perceive. My sin I repeat.
The more I understand the sin, the more I shall appreciate the quality of the forgiveness.
On the cross, His noticeably un-received cry of forgiveness, taught the world what I still don't know. I don't know what I do! (Lk 23:34)
Yet God continually 'cuts me slack'. He does not delight in the downfall of His enemy. He does not delight in the downfall of me.
This is only how He would have it. This is how I too must have it!
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