"Hands That Shed Innocent Blood"
From the murder of Abel to the stoning of Stephen, hands that shed innocent blood are an abomination to the Lord.
Although no man "took" Christ's life, those who perpetrated evil against His innocence are accursed forever and will one day stand guilty before the Living God. We know from scripture that the blood of the innocent literally cries out to God for justice. All wrongs will be righted, all injustice vindicated and questions answered in the coming Day of the Lord.
God is a God of righteousness, mercy, and justice. He delights in executing these things throughout the earth, the Bible says. So it is critical that we go before God regularly seeking His thorough examination of the issues on our hearts towards ourselves and others. Much of the evil committed against others is birthed from self-loathing. Therefore, it is also critical that we allow God's exposure of diseased areas in our thinking so that He can deliver us from all envy, strife, and wicked intent.
Jealousy is the spirit of murder, and just as a lustful look constitutes a lustful act, jealousy towards another constitutes murderous intent. Did you know that? Without God's exposure of these things, there can be no change.
More Innocent Bloodshed
The innocent blood of Christians is shed daily throughout the world, simply because they've taken a stand for the cause of Christ. Those who faithfully hold to the precepts of God in this day and age will one day face persecution to the point of death; it's inevitable. The blood of the martyrs continues to cry out to God for justice and, make no mistake, friends... justice will be given to every one of them, for our God is faithful.
He makes an accurate accounting of injustice every day, and misses nothing of the sacrifices made by His children. Full justification, vindication, and reward awaits them, never fear; for indeed it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.
Friends, if you've ever shed innocent blood through literal acts or through harboring hatred and jealousy in your hearts, I ask you to join me in this prayer of repentance:
Father, this day I repent of all jealousy, malice, or unjust anger held in my heart towards You or anyone. In Jesus' Name, Father, I ask that You please secure my heart to Your righteous holdings in all of my thoughts, opinions, imaginations, and desires that in no way will I ever choose to hold jealous or vengeful thoughts against those innocent of accusation. I wholly submit and remand my heart, mind, will, and emotions to Your custody, and I ask that You guide me in all ways pleasing to Your heart. In Christ Jesus' Name I pray and thank You. Amen.
God bless your day, beloved!
Lord willing, next: "A Heart That Devises Wicked Plans"