Archive for July, 2006

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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