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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Celebrating Destruction (Ezekiel 25)

That title, "Celebrating Destruction," doesn't really sound right does it? For example, no one should be cheering the destruction hurricane Ian made in Florida last week or the destruction Russia has made in Ukraine this year. We are not to cheer on destruction.

But what about when it's our enemy? What about when it's someone who has made our life or the lives of our son, daughter, friend, or family absolutely miserable? What about when it's someone who has abused you? What about when it's a nation that has gone against you? What about when it's government leaders or people who are going against God?

Aren't there sometimes when it just makes sense to be glad when your enemy faces destruction?

Absolutely not.

As followers of Jesus, we are to be carrying out His mission. He has tasked us with loving our enemies, praying for those who persecute us, and sharing His message of salvation with EVERYONE.

Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of ALL nations..

That word "all" in Matthew 28:19 means our coworkers who make life difficult, our neighbors who are far from neighborly, and our family members who have abused us.

Before we celebrate, clap, dance, or cheer on their calamity or destruction, we need to remind ourselves, that is following Satan, not Jesus. We need to pray for God to give us the strength to love well and to love all.

John 10:10 The thief (Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy.

We see the same mindset even in the Old Testament. In Ezekiel 25, as God is making proclamations against Israel's enemies: Ammon, Moab, Edom, and Philistia, He tells them, because they cheered on Israel's destruction, they would face God's judgment.

Ezekiel 25:6-7 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: "Because you clapped and danced and cheered with glee at the destruction of My people, I will raise my fist of judgment against you."

God does not want us to have an unforgiving heart that cheers on our enemy's destruction. In fact, in Matthew 6:14-15, Jesus tells us the consequence of refusing to forgive those who have wronged us.

Matthew 6:14-15 If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

The bottom line is, it's really hard when someone has hurt you, your son, daughter, or someone close to you. The last thing on your mind is forgiveness, until you realize in spite of all of the things you have done wrong, Jesus is standing there with arms wide open waiting for you to confess your sins and turn back to Him for forgiveness.

If Jesus is truly the Lord of my life, I have to forgive those who have wronged me or wronged someone close to me. Celebrating their destruction, harboring unforgiveness, in itself is sin that separates me from God.

When my eyes are focused inward and I think of the sins of others which have left scars deep within me, finding the strength to forgive is really hard. But when I think of their destruction, their eternal separation from God in the Lake of Fire, forgiveness comes naturally as I pray for their salvation rather than celebrate their destruction.

Then when I shift my focus to my on sins which have left scars on Jesus and separated me from God the Father, I am immediately ashamed of my unwillingness to forgive. As I have let go and forgiven those who have left those scars within me, God has healed me and made me whole again.

Lord, I pray for those who are struggling with unforgiveness. I pray for those who really want to clap, dance, and cheer at the news of calamity upon their enemies. I pray Lord, this day, that they would understand their need to forgive, so that they can find healing and restoration in their relationship with You. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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