“The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!”” (Proverbs 22:13 NLT)
Yes, you might. But also you might be saved!
And how amazing to be faced with a lion and live. What a tale you will have to tell. How your friends and colleagues will gather around with open ears and mouths agape. You will be the centre of every conversation and you will be an overnight sensation.
“We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.” (2 Corinthians 4:2 NLT)
It’s interesting to think that those who are honest know we are telling the truth. The implication is that those who tell lies will not know we are telling the truth. Or perhaps they will think we are lying, which isn’t quite the same thing.
But mainly, Paul is telling Christians that they must reject shameful and underhanded methods.
Easier said than done!
“The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.” (2 Corinthians 3:2-3 NLT)
You don’t need a letter, a flag or a banner. Your actions and words speak for you. What would your letter say, if you had one?
“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!” (Psalms 42:11 NLT)
I offer this in reply to yesterday’s blog.
““Why doesn’t the Almighty bring the wicked to judgment? Why must the godly wait for him in vain?
The poor are pushed off the path; the needy must hide together for safety. Like wild donkeys in the wilderness, the poor must spend all their time looking for food, searching even in the desert for food for their children.
All night they lie naked in the cold, without clothing or covering. They are soaked by mountain showers, and they huddle against the rocks for want of a home.
The groans of the dying rise from the city, and the wounded cry for help, yet God ignores their moaning.” (Job 24:1, 4-5, 7-8, 12 NLT)
This is dedicated to the men, women and children who are suffering. The homeless, the destitute and the hungry.
God bring them relief in their anguish.
““Don’t you realize that from the beginning of time, ever since people were first placed on the earth, the triumph of the wicked has been short lived and the joy of the godless has been only temporary? Though the pride of the godless reaches to the heavens and their heads touch the clouds, yet they will vanish forever, thrown away like their own dung. Those who knew them will ask, ‘Where are they?’ They will fade like a dream and not be found. They will vanish like a vision in the night.”. (Job 20:4-8 NLT)
Like TV celebs, then! Whatever happened to…
“Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.” (Proverbs 22:1 NLT)
What is the most costly thing you have? Your reputation is worth a lot. It comes at a price.