1 Peter 3:7 (GNT) In the same way you husbands must live with your wives with the proper understanding that they are more delicate than you. Treat them with respect, because they also will receive, together with you, God’s gift of life. Do this so that nothing will interfere with your prayers.
He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered.
We know that God will not heed the prayers of a person who will not heed God’s commandments. As we can see, going against God’s commandments includes not treating your wife with love and respect; and ignoring the cry of the poor, whom God has ordered us to have mercy on.
A person’s prayers are not heard even when we hate, hold grudges or harbor bitterness. These things subconsciously wish or want misfortune for the person that harmed the us. We are not allowed to want misfortune for anyone, even if we consider it to be deserved. When we wish or carry out revenge against a person that has wronged us, we are bringing that injury into our own lives. Whatever we want or do to another is returned to us. Jesus said to “Do unto others, what you want for yourself.” Your wish will not bring misfortune to another. Your action may or may not bring misfortune to another. But either will certainly, without a doubt, bring misfortune to you. Your wishes or actions may or may not harm another person. God, I’m sure, cares about the other person, but He is most concerned for those who seek Him, and how their actions toward others bring harm to themselves.
Hosea 4:6 (DBY) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; for thou hast rejected knowledge, and I will reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me; seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children.
Matthew 5:22-24 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ (to spit in contempt for another’s worthliness) will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be subject to the fire of hell. 23Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift...”
If you would have your prayers heard, and you desire a true relationship with God, then you must not wish or want misfortune for anyone because of your pride, greed, anger, hate, or bitterness, regardless how justified you may feel. Don’t place sin between you and God. Sin takes many forms, but if you hold ill will for anyone, you are sinning. Flee from sin and forgive those who sin against you. Grab hold of the knowledge that God has given us, and protect yourself from yourself.
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