Welcome, from all of us at Christian Training Center International. Please join us today as we read this profound insight from Susan Pons regarding how important it is to pay attention to our words and actions to make sure we are aware of our spirit. Much of this very harmful behavior is unintentional. Instead, let’s be intentional. We can overcome by the power of our Lord and Savior.
“For they have persecuted him whom You Yourself have smitten, And they tell of the pain of those whom You have wounded. Add iniquity to their iniquity” (Psalm 69:26-27 NASB).
My husband read this prophetic scripture, almost in passing, last Sunday. But, from the meaningful message he brought, I could not shake the verse…add iniquity to their iniquity.
Iniquity is defined as (1) absence of moral or spiritual values; (2) gross injustice; (3) morally objectionable behavior; (4) a wicked act.
Unbelievers will add sin to sin, hatefulness to hatefulness, disdain to disdain…but…often…so do we, as believers. In our homes, even when words are spoken wrongly towards us from our husband, wife, parents, or children we add iniquity to their iniquity without a thought as to where it might lead – towards the one who is the last person we should be injuring. Simply put, we can add iniquity to their iniquity…this is exactly where blame, mistreatments, disrespect, and contemptuousness rear their ugly heads.
Much the same treatment was thrown down on Jesus. Iniquity added to iniquity until it finally killed Him. Sadly, we can do the same to each other. Just turn on your television to view this same ungodly spirit.
But, the Bible gives us a way to fight against iniquitous behavior:
- “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1 NIV)
- “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits” (Proverbs 18:21 NASB).
- “A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit” (Proverbs 15:4 RSV).
- “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14 NASB).
- “So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!” (James 3:5 ESV).
- “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak” (Matthew 12:36 ESV).
- “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Colossians 4:6 ESV).
So, for each one of us today, may we be the one who does not add iniquity to anyone’s iniquity. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace” (Colossians 3:15 NIV).
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