Sunday Devotional: Why we must admonish the wicked

armor of God
We are in an all-out spiritual war, a war where there can be no fence-sitters.
For Jesus the Christ abhors fence-sitters — those whom He calls the “lukewarm.”

Revelation 3:15-16

“I know about your activities: how you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were one or the other, but since you are neither hot nor cold, but only lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth.”

This Sunday’s readings are a reminder that we are called to be His warriors.
Not only must we choose and not be lukewarm fence-sitters, in the face of evil we are to speak out and admonish the wicked.

Ezekiel 33:7-9

Thus says the LORD:
You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel;
when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me.
If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, ”
and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way,
the wicked shall die for his guilt,
but I will hold you responsible for his death.
But if you warn the wicked,
trying to turn him from his way,
and he refuses to turn from his way,
he shall die for his guilt,
but you shall save yourself.

Matthew 18:15-17

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If your brother sins against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen,
take one or two others along with you,
so that ‘every fact may be established
on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church.
If he refuses to listen even to the church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.”

In this all-out spiritual war, be strong!

Do not be afraid!

For our Lord has promised us:

Matthew 18:20

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”

I will be with you always

In His peace and love,

~Eowyn

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  1. Our Constitution without the loyal support of patriotic Americans will soon become a useless document. Much like The Bible, immigrations are not learned to adjust to our laws and religion because our leader -ship wish to make changes in attempt to seperate American citizens into classes. Lyman Abbott wrote, “He who looks with pride upon the history which his fathers have written by their heroic deeds, who accepts with gratitude the inheritance which they have bequeathed to him, and who highly resolves to preserve this inheritance unimpaired and to pass it on to his descendants enlarged and enriched, is a true American.

     
  2. This is a wonderful reminder. At times we can not be silent… but of course be as gentle as doves and wise as serpents. …I honestly believe that is how we should always answerer the non believer… try…but somethings we have to let God take the course of hardening their hearts or opening it…(plant seed)

     
    • Thank you, surfer, for the important reminder that we should exercise caution and discretion when admonishing the wicked because, for certain, we don’t want to put ourselves and our loved ones in jeopardy. Distressingly, there are truly evil people in the world.

       
  3. …”wise as serpents.”… perhaps you meant “wiser than”, for if we stop at as wise as, what have we gained?

     
    • King James Bible
      Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
      Matthew 10:16

       
    • I do not change the wording of the bible… Jesus stated this….we can not be wiser than serpents….. for we are flawed…..only through Jesus Christ do we gain a victory overcoming death. .
      ..are we wiser than the one who created us?

       
  4. Very beautiful.God bless all christians

     
  5. Psa 119:98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
    Who is your enemy?

     
  6. King James Bible
    But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
    Matthew 5:44

     
  7. What the hell has that got to do with being smarter than your enemies.
    It doesn’t say don’t have enemies, it doesn’t say be your enemies buddy, it says love your enemy.
    As you wish to change the subject, lets speak of love, Jesus loves the sinner yet hates the sin, with that in mind how do you account for the butt kicking He handed the money changers? Did Jesus have a momentary lapse of love for those sinners? Or did He love them enough to stop them from desecrating the temple, a sin? Was Jesus’ act an act of love? You have to remember He never sinned, so think about that.
    Love isn’t always gum drops and lollypops.
    Concerning smarter, how does one admonish an enemy if one is armed with nothing more than the enemies wisdom? If you are not wiser than your enemy, what have you got to offer?

     
    • dear friend,
      first you ask for wisdom then smartness… is wisdom not smart?
      You asked… Who is your enemy? …and an answer was given of who your enemy is and how in which to handle. If it did not fit into your description of who your enemy is then I can not help. You seem to prescribe to some other belief. (love isn’t always gum drops and lollypops) These statements seem to not seek an answer but a fight. I can not see your face but your tone is extremely clear. What is happening here is a heart problem. Do you perhaps have anything to offer? :o)
      You have to remember He never sinned, so think about that.
      Yes, I know he never sinned and I do think on Jesus, he is my best friend. He gives me peace. 😀

       
  8. Wonderful lesson on this blessed sabbath day.

     
  9. I see we will disagree, and that is well and good, but never once did I imply you were a sinner, I used the example of Jesus never sinning when He drove the money changers from the temple.
    I seek nothing, I asked rhetorical questions, to cause people to think
    .
    I asked who is your enemy, and got no definitive answer.
    Describing how to treat an enemy does not define the enemy.
    You have answered nothing and cast dispersions on my character, so let us pull a Paul and Barnabas and part company, not in anger but because we seem at an impasse.
    Please, enjoy your journey.

     
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  12. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most meaningful and spot-on post. Jesus also disclosed to St. Faustina, the Disciple of Divine Mercy, that the souls that cause Him the most grief and sorrow are lukewarm souls.
    Admonishing wicked deeds, and calling a spade, a spade, calling evil what is evil, and good what is good, has a price. But, Christ’s peace is provided to you-a peace that can only come from Him that surpasses all understanding.

     
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