Meditation for 08/06/2019
“Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from seeking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” (Psalm 34:11-14)
Beloved, our words indicate our goals. If we want to bring peace and good to the world, we must not speak evil or lie about other people. Such restraint demonstrates our reverence for and dedication to God.
Biblical ethics begins with two basic principles: (1) negative, evil lifestyles should be reflected; and (2) peace or wholeness is the goal of life. One must proceed from rejecting evil to choosing and acting upon virtues which are positive. Peace (Hebrew – Shalom)is the all-encompassing value. Peace represents a sufficiency in all areas of life so that satisfaction with the full life ensues. Thus, peace must be pursued.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, it is certainly good for us to reject evil, but then we must take a deeper step in our relationship with You, by learning to focus on positive reactions toward others and to act in a reverential way towards our dedication to You. You have provided all that is necessary to accomplish this deeper step, but it requires us to active pursue by us every day. Help us, Abba, that we might remain in Your will in all matters. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“How would the gospel grow if only you spread it?”
“The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?” (Ecclesiastes 6:11)
Language proves a paradox. Quantity of words does not produce quantity of information and meaning. People who say the least often contribute the most to a conversation. It has often been said that some people fill the air with the sound of their own voices, yet rarely do they say anything worth listening to! At the same time, I know some people who listen a great deal, but when they speak, others will go quiet so as not to miss a word from these people, because their quantity may be small, but the magnitude of what they say is so worth while to listen to and take to heart.
Christian Ethics, Language: (Matthew23:16-22)
Hypocritical human rules and tradition cannot justify or protect us from lying. Truth is valued. Intricate interpretation of legal rules to avoid the truth is not. In short, in our language that we use with each other, we don’t need a “Master’s level of words” to convey our feelings on subjects or issues, we simply need to convey the truth of how we feel about any subject or issue. If it seems unfamiliar to you, then maybe you need practice in truth speaking!
Second Thought of the Day:
“They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him, and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; but they refused to repent of what they had done.” (Revelation 16:9, 11)
Beloved, end times tribulations will lead many to blasphemy rather than repentance. Can you imagine, that you feel the heat of the sun searing your body and because of the pain and agony, people would curse God, rather than repent of their sins?
It happens daily, and yet we haven’t even seen the worst of what will come one day. Those who suffer in body and mind and spirit, would rather blame God for their situation, rather than admit their sins and seek God’s mercy by repenting of those sins and seek His grace.