Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Some Other Clearly Taught Things

   Over the last few weeks I heard many folks exclaim about how the world can accept something that the Bible so clearly condemns. That started me thinking about some other clear commands the scriptures teach that we might be quick to forget, ignore or just down right defy. Here are a few I came up with…

James 5:9
Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.
Angry Derogatory Outburst:
Ephesians 4:31
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
Being Idle and Undisciplined:
2 Thessalonians 3:11
For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.
1 Peter 4:15
Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler;
Proverbs 20:19
He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip.
1 Peter 2:1
Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander,
Returning Insults:
1 Peter 3:9-10
not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing For, "THE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS, MUST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT.

   It is easy in our world today to be upset with the evil that seems to be taking over our culture and country, but we need to remember it is not enough to stand against the darkness we have to stand apart from it as well.  Social media has made it particularly easy to spend our days doing nothing but expressing our anger and frustrations while we ourselves are wallowing in the mire of the world. Remember Romans 12:21, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”.

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