Their Lives Have Flavor Because of You

You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. Matthew 5:13

Eating and drinking are basic animal functions to which we might not be so attentive were it not for salt. Jesus tells us that we are what make earth-dwellers’ lives tasteful.

Your sometimes uneventful (even dull) life causes the lost person desire more! The salt that you are makes people thirsty.

The Lord has blessed your faithfulness.

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You Think God Has Bad Judgment?

Whenever you cave into the pressure to be judgmental and retaliatory you deny that God is just. You turn your back on the law of sowing and reaping.

You are saying that your assessment is superior to God’s.

Don’t speak evil against each other, my dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize each other and condemn each other, then you are criticizing and condemning God’s law. But you are not a judge who can decide whether the law is right or wrong. Your job is to obey it. God alone, who made the law, can rightly judge among us. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to condemn your neighbor?    James 4:11-12

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When I Grow up

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. (James 3 :13)

Perhaps you have envisoned what kind of person you would like to be. If you are having trouble imagining a more mature, more godly you, read the red letters of your New Testament and meditate on the Son of Man.

There you will find your Maker’s dream and destiny for you.

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You Can Handle Your Trial

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.                                                                                             (James 1:19-20)

It is not that you would never speak or never become angry, but that these should come to you slowly. Take your time, and refrain from rashness.

One driver arrives at the intersection a millisecond before the other.

Is it really that important that you go first?

We do require justice if we are to have a functional community, but it is peacemakers, those who are not easily offended, that help create a just community.

“Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”                                                                                                     (James 3:18)

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Be Tactful and Clear

You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.  Leviticus 19:17

It is good to be swift to hear and slow to speak, but it is possible to be too slow in speaking. Holding the hurt in your heart when you have been violated can corrode your soul. It weighs you down, and the Bible tells us get lay aside weights (Hebrews 12:1).

If someone has mistreated you it is also good that you are not thin-skinned, reacting to every error that people make. Still, it may be for their benefit and yours to initiate an honorable encounter.

If you cannot rest, it very well might be the divine nature within stirring. Don't dismiss these thoughts as "from the devil".

The devil never wants reconciliation.

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What a Reward!

"I will invite everyone who is victorious to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne." (Revelation 3:21)

This invitation is issued to the victorious. Do you want to receive the promotion in status to dominion of throne-life? Imagine the view! No one who is faint of heart will ever enjoy the experience.

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What to Be Looking for

Hebrews 12: 15 "…looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God… lest there be any… profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears."

Esau sought diligently, but he wanted the blessing, not repentance. He had no time for repentance. Give your time, energy, and prayers toward repentance. To seek blessing apart from repentance results in severe disappointment.

Let not your life be reduced to a tearful chase of what you would have been entitled to.

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