Building Your Gallows

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Esther 5:14 “Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and to morrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.

Haman hated Mordecai, and the only reason he hated him was because of his pride. Mordecai wouldn’t bow down to him like everyone else did, and it caused him to become bitter, angry, and vengeful towards him. Haman came up with a plan to have Mordecai killed. He planned to build some gallows and hang him on them. His plan seemed to be working for a short time, but Haman quickly found out that the gallows he built for Mordecai were the very gallows he died on. Not only did Haman die on those gallows, but his sons were also killed on the gallows built for Mordecai.

Sadly, many believers have built gallows for someone else. No, I am not talking about literal gallows, but I am talking about gallows in the heart and mind towards someone else. The gallows that I'm talking about are the gallows of unforgiveness. There's someone in your heart who you have not forgiven, and your desire is to do everything you can to get revenge towards them.

The gallows that I am talking about are the gallows of gossip. Some may have a heart of unforgiveness, but others have a tongue that won't stop gossiping about others. The sad part about gossip is that you are building gallows for yourself every time you talk about someone, and those gallows of gossip will eventually come back to kill you at the wrong time. You cannot gossip about others without the gossip coming back to hang you on the gallows that gossip has built.

The gallows that I'm talking about are the gallows of negativity towards someone else. I am talking about someone that it doesn't matter what they do; it can never be good enough for you. That person that I am talking about is someone that every time you talk about them, or most of the time that you talk about them, it is in a negative connotation. You cannot build the gallows of negativity towards others and it not come back to hang you in the end.

Be careful; those gallows that you are building for someone else are the gallows that will kill you. Sadly, what you were doing to try to destroy someone else is only destroying you. You can build the gallows to have others destroyed, but you will only find that your plan will turn against you in the end. You cannot live a vengeful life and not affect your life negatively. The only person you are destroying with your gallows of gossip, unforgiveness, and negativity towards others is you. You may think that you will get them someday, but the gallows you have built for others often come back to be the gallows that kill you.

What is even sadder is that the gallows you are building for someone else are not only going to kill you, but they will also kill others that you are influencing. Those you influence often never change their hatred for someone you influenced them to hate. Oh, you can change, but the one you influenced will have a hatred for that person for the rest of their lives to their detriment. If the only reason that you make sure that you are right with others is so that you don't influence others for the wrong, that in itself is a great reason to keep your heart in tune with God towards others.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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