Day 212

“For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them.

Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God.” (‭Romans‬ ‭14‬:‭2-3, 6‬ NLT)

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So it’s not about eating certain foods. That’s what Paul is saying here, he is emphasising something that Jesus said.

It’s about how you feel while you are eating. If you believe certain foods are unGodly, then you should not eat them.

Likewise, it’s not for us to criticise someone who eats or does not eat something.

So next time you see someone refusing meat, that’s their choice not yours!

It is how someone *feels* about the food they eat which makes them “Godly” (for Godly read “a gooderson”) or not.

Day 210 (but it’s a day late)

This time I am quoting a whole passage, not just one verse. It speaks for itself…

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Never pay back evil with more evil.

Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD.

Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭17-21‬ NLT)

Day 211

“The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭23‬:‭1‬ NLT)

The twenty-third Psalm is a classic. A prayer of thanks for everything good in the writer’s life. And our lives too.

Even when things seem really bad, even when our enemies are pitted against us, we know we will be alright of we follow the shepherd.

Day 209

“The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭20‬:‭7‬ NLT)

Well this is unusual. Maybe I’m just too tired to be able to listen, but there were no verses which jumped out at me for a specific reason.

There was a verse in the Old Testament which spoke about one of the king’s sons being called Michael. That set me thinking, how old is that name?

There was a verse in the New Testament which I thought might follow on from yesterday’s comment about the Israelites. But that would be me imposing my preconceived ideas and not God’s voice.

So I defaulted to Proverbs.

Basically, if you know you are right, honest and just, you can walk with your head up high.

Day 208

The Bible has a lot to say about the Israelites. The ancestors of those who are living in the modern day nation of Israel. It would be obvious and clumsy to cherry pick a couple of verses and say “Oh look what God is saying about the situation in the Middle East”

Never the less. I am more and more troubled about the on going situation in the Palestine. The way the government of Israel is treating the people of Gaza is horrendous and barbaric. I offer these verses as a warning to the Israelites and as prayer of encouragement for the Palestinians.

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So this is the situation: Most of the people of Israel have not found the favor of God they are looking for so earnestly. A few have—the ones God has chosen—but the hearts of the rest were hardened.

As the Scriptures say, “God has put them into a deep sleep. To this day he has shut their eyes so they do not see, and closed their ears so they do not hear.”

Likewise, David said, “Let their bountiful table become a snare, a trap that makes them think all is well. Let their blessings cause them to stumble, and let them get what they deserve. (‭Romans‬ ‭11‬:‭7-9‬ NLT)

Day 207

“Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭20‬:‭3‬ NLT)

I don’t have anything to add. Other than to say that many people these days seem to be “spoiling for a fight”. How easy is it to be dragged into the battle?

How much harder to do the right thing and avoid the argument.

Day 206 (A bit late!)

“Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭20‬:‭1‬ NLT)

There is nothing wrong with a little tipple. A little of what you fancy.

But here is a warning. Don’t be led astray. Don’t go chasing after something that you know is not good for you.