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Sometimes in life when working in the christian field of helps and counseling we run into many different situation. Many times people will say one thing and mean another, or tell you something that not exactly true, you know Lie to you. Many time even when lying people will either convince themselves what they are saying is true or actually believe from the being, this is called being deceived and it is usually a form of ignorance or lack of understanding. It can be very hard to deal with people on this level, I know in times past I would be frustrated and even angry with people whom I felt were being deceptive.

Was I wrong to be Angry? If you asked me that 10 years ago I would said, No that I had every right to be angry. Ask me now and I’ll say, Yes it”s wrong to be angry. Why? We should never be angry with the ignorance of other. I use to be ignorant in this area., Thank God and the Lord Jesus my Heart was finally filled with some Compassion for others.

“But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses. And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you,”
Acts 3:12-19 (NASB)

Here is a prime example of ignorance and deception. Peter is talking, most likely, to some of the very crowd of angry people that stood outside the Rome Judgment Hall the day Jesus was condemned to death. These were the people that prompted Pilate to condemn him by shouting “crucify him” repeatedly until Pilate decided he’d better wash his hands of this matter and simply do away with this man. (Luke 23:20-24) These people were deceived into thinking that Jesus was not who he claimed he was. Now at the feet of Peter and the witness of the power of God moving through the Holy Spirit in Peter. Now these people were having a heart change. God was absolutely willing to forgive them just as he forgave Paul on the Road to Damascus the one who condemned the followers of Jesus (Acts 9:1-22).
Some of these people in Acts 3 were the ones who shouted out to condemn Jesus, God’s Grace and Mercy exceed our understanding, but what is clear is that in both cases, (Paul and the people Peter was speaking too) their acts of cruelty were clearly done in ignorance and God can deal with that.

This brings us to us, lets look at all the opportunity we have with other to either condemn or Love. As Christian we are forgiven people. We are forgiven by the Lord, we have both the reason and responsibility to forgive others. All we have to do, is remember the times the we hurt other, and we can understand that at times we may have been guilt of the same things we see others doing. So our job is to Love and Exhort, not condemn. We at times in our lives have been victims of the same deception and ignorance we see in others. As spiritual people we must work to restore others, to Loving set them on a the right path, help open eyes where other can’t see the hurt in their own lives and hurt they may be causing. We must always Act in Love and not come down on people because that never helps.32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Ephesians 4:32-5:2 (KJV)

“ Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”
Galatians 6:1 (KJV)

Lets not be deceived ourselves into thinking that we are above anyone else, or into being hard on the lost. They might only need someone to guide them in a Loving manner. In the following record Philip had it together, walking by the spirit he Loving approached this man and helped him in to the Lords salvation!!!

“So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot. Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.” Acts 8:27-31 (NASB)

I Love You All and may God help us daily to save our Faith


One Response to “Deception, it happens to us all!!!”

  1. on 01 Aug 2011 at 5:43 pmDoubting Thomas

    Jim T,
    Great article. I especially liked it when you said, “All we have to do, is remember the times that we hurt others, and we can understand that at times we may have been guilty of the same things we see others doing. So our job is to Love and Exhort, not condemn. We at times in our lives have been victims of the same deception and ignorance we see in others.”

    It is of course much easier to condemn then to compassionately Exhort and Love someone…


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