Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites, because the Lord has a charge to bring against you who live in the land:
"There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land. 2There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. 3Because of this the land mourns, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the fish of the sea are dying. 4 "But let no man bring a charge, let no man accuse another, for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest. 5 You stumble day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. 6 So I will destroy your mother- 6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.
Self-Vindication is a lust of spiritual prostitution, it is the mother of lies and it concieves eggs of one evil thought after another. From these thoughts, the eggs are hatched and out of the mouth comes the poison of gossip, lies, and bitter words. From this your tongue speaks wicked words; this produces empty arguements and cursing in the spiritual realms desolation, famine, anger, fighting quarreling and it just goes on and on. There is no peace. Isaiah 59 The effects of this sin disperses unity in the family, church, friendships, workplace, marriage, relationships; it goes on and on and there are no ties that bound this domino effect. It just brings bloodshed that follows bloodshed and deep wounds.
The Word of the Lord is true in this matter concerning this deadly sin, and the reason it is deadly is because a person can bring death with his/her tongue. And so a dead marriage brings desolation and famine in the home. The springs that flow from a husband and wife brings either life or death.
If there is arguing and fighting, cursing, lying and adultery in the home then of course this is the bitter water you are giving your children to drink:\
Bloodshed follows bloodshed.
In your workplace your co-worker or boss is taking advantage of you and out of self-vindication you meet up with another co-worker at the water cooler just waiting for an opportunity to vent and the door opens up through the mouth of another, Stop! Don’t do it! Don’t open your mouth! Walk away, be still and know that Jesus is Lord in every situation. If you open your mouth and speak against another it will not stop there; it will go on and on and on and the bitter water from your own heart will bring the bitter drink in the workplace.
Bloodshed follows bloodshed.
What about that girlfriend you talk to every morning, or guys, you too like a little gossip! There is some real juicy news about a nieghbor, sister, brother, nephew or what about the Pastor at your church and you are a "Prayer Warrior" this is a good way of pretending that you are concerned about them; but your heart is more bent on vindication; because one of these hurt you maybe last year, last week, or maybe just yesterday! So the day has come for your payback!
Don’t go there, not even silently in your thoughts. If this even slides in your conscience like one of those slimly worms, crush it, smash it underfoot with word of the Living God, "Love thy Neighbor as you love yourself." These thoughts are like illegitimate children, they are not from God and what ever is not from God is illegitimate. If you entertain these thoughts you become an adulterer. like an unfaithful wife to the Lord. There is a spiritual prostitute in your heart that does not acknowledge God and your own arrogant mouth with testisfy against you; all the while, while your are gossiping and breaking the bounds; you are sheding:
Bloodshed that follows bloodshed.
Lord of heaven and earth. You are God, You are Omniscience. You know all things, even our hidden thoughts and faults.
Lord you see beneath the darkness of our motives and check what needs to be destroyed by Your Spirit, this spirit of prostitution, the lust of self-vindication.
Take away this aduterous spirit and give to me the gift of perfect love, purity of heart, humility and grace my lips with words of peace, wisdom, mercy and compassion. Give me the realization of Your Presence in front of the water cooler, even when i am surrounded by friends who just want to hang out and gossip, or to my children when my spouse and i have a dissaggrement. Remind me that You too, are listening to the hateful words, even when they are suttle, you know where they are coming from. Make the river in my heart like a refreshing spring to others’ and not like a bitter swamp filled with the poison of hatred, anger, bitterness, murder, lies. Wash me from the slimpy pit of self though the Atonement of Jesus Christ and Redeem us according to the Redemption at Calvery. Tie the bounds with the cord of hope. Weave something beautiful out of my wounds and bring glory to Your Name through my circumstances. Let the Light of Your Presence shine through me in every situation, so that others may see Your Son living and walking through my body. May He be lifted up in everything i do and say, as You enable me to be less by taking away self-consciencesness, and giving me the realization of His death on the Cross for my sins and the revealation of His eternal life, forever and ever.
In Jesus we seek refuge O Lord.