Ephesians 4:31-32 (KJV)Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
When Tyron was a child, his family moved to a neighborhood where they were the minority race, and because of this, he grew up hearing racial slurs and curse words. Unknown to him, he had developed a lot of bitterness, hatred, and racism in his heart. So much so that his faith in Christ couldn’t affect his politics.
As a businessman running his business with the principles of righteousness, it later became clear that he was under a certain kind of spiritual limitation. There seemed to be a bar he could not cross no matter how hard he tried.
It took him some quality time of waiting on the Lord to realize that there was bitterness and hatred in his heart towards the majority race in his country. As soon as he repented of this hatred and forgave that race for what their ancestors had done against his race, his doors opened and the bar was removed. He now started walking in the blessing of Abraham.
There are many believers today who live lives that are less than God’s ideal for them because there is hidden bitterness and hatred in their hearts. I believe one reason apostle Paul could do more than the other apostles was because he walked above tribal and racial bias.
The word of the Lord to someone today is that if you will just let go of tribal/racial bias, you will do exploits in the world for God.
Go into today remembering that there is no room for racism and tribalism in the kingdom of God. Forgive just as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
Yearly Bible Reading: Isaiah 51-55
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