2 Thessalonians 1:6-Those Who Afflict Christians Will Fall Into The Hands Of God In Judgment

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6 Since it is a righteous thing with God to repay affliction to those who afflict you (WEB)

The word righteous means an act that is right and good. God is a righteous judge who will punish those that sinned against Him by sentencing them to eternal darkness where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. They are the people who brought calamity to God’s children. The world [the devil’s kingdom] preaches tolerance, but their actions demonstrate hatred [satanic aggression] towards those who preach righteousness in Jesus Christ. 

All evil [word and deed] done here on earth will be judged by Jesus Christ on Judgment Day.

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Psalms 1 The Righteous Shall Not Be Moved

1 How happy is the one who does not
walk in the advice of the wicked
or stand in the pathway with sinners
or sit in the company of mockers!

HappyEsher in Hebrew means joyful or to be in bliss.
True happiness is found after one rejects any sinful participation with sinful men.

2 Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction,
and he meditates on it day and night.

Those who do reject a lifestyle of sin shows that they love the Word of God and desire to please the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 He is like a tree planted beside flowing streams
that bears its fruit in its season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

When you base your life in God’s Word, God’s favor shall be poured out on you. It does not matter the size of the whirlwind headed your way, you shall not be moved.

4 The wicked are not like this;
instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away.

The wicked in their case has no anchor to keep them secure and immovable because they have rejected the Word of God.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand up in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

In the judgment seat of Christ, the Atheists, the Mormons, the Jehovah Witnesses, Islam, and any other group who has rejected the inerrancy of the Word of God and the person of Jesus Christ as revealed in Scripture shall be found guilty.

6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.

The Lord God is watching those for their good who love His Word and are obeying it. But, those who do not love His Word, have walked away from the only person that can give them eternal life, Jesus Christ. 

God’s Love Being Displayed Through Joseph’s Hardships

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Genesis 50:15-21

15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said to one another, “If Joseph is holding a grudge against us, he will certainly repay us for all the suffering we caused him.”

16 So they sent this message to Joseph, “Before he died your father gave a command: 17 ‘Say this to Joseph: Please forgive your brothers’ transgression and their sin—the suffering they caused you.’ Therefore, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when their message came to him. 18 Then his brothers also came to him, bowed down before him, and said, “We are your slaves!”

19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people. 21 Therefore don’t be afraid. I will take care of you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

When evil times come our way, we sometimes tend to take our focus away from Jesus and into the bad situation we are in. By losing focus, we will miss God’s love being displayed on us. Joseph did not do this, even though his brothers had evil intentions for him and sold him as a slave, God had other plans to save not only those in Egypt (where he was sold to) and the other nations around it but also the same brothers who betrayed him. That is the love of God in action.

Joseph understood the bigger picture because he looked at it at God’s vantage point instead of his. He knew that God never left him but even though he was a slave to an Egyptian captain and then was thrown in prison from a false accusation, Joseph trusted God all the way. His faith NEVER wavered.

After Jacob died (their father), Joseph’s brothers became afraid thinking that their little brother whom they abandoned by selling him as a slave was going to get revenge on them.

In verses 19-20, we see that Joseph always had the bigger picture in mind and truly forgave his brothers because his bad situation turned out to be salvation for countless of people who would have died from the famine. Joseph had to  go through the bad times, which molded him into God’s image to bring about God’s will and glory.

When you see yourself going through tribulation, know that God is in the process of making you ready to accomplish His will that is going to affect many people in your path.