‘If you have nothing to say, listen to me’

But if you have nothing to say, then listen to me.
Be quiet, and I will teach you wisdom.
Job 33.33 EXB

In the age of social media, we all have something to say and multiple venues through which to say it.

Elihu launched himself into the lull between Job and his three friends. Everyone had exhausted their arguments. No one had convinced anyone of their positions. Now the youngest of them thinks he has a shot. Continue reading “‘If you have nothing to say, listen to me’”

A war we want to fight

missles-war

A nation’s people often are deeply divided when its leaders go into war. Rare is that conflict when the entire country is in favor of military action. But the Messiah’s followers fight without reservation.

When you go to war,
your people will serve you willingly.
You are arrayed in holy garments,
and your strength will be renewed each day like the morning dew.
Psalm 110.3 NLT

This psalm is messianic and is fulfilled ultimately in Christ. Gill says that Christians will “cheerfully fight his battles” Continue reading “A war we want to fight”

Well-mannered love

Selfishness and rudeness are two sides of the same coin. Selfishness does not care how words and acts may affect others. The person who loves behaves with good manners, knows how to thank, apologize, excuse himself.

It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful.
1 Corinthians 13.5 NET Continue reading “Well-mannered love”

Stoking the ire

Remember the ire of the Jews when Jesus spoke of destroying the temple, and they thought he was referring to the physical temple in Jerusalem?

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you are.
1 Corinthians 3.16-17 NET Continue reading “Stoking the ire”

My worthless life

When the church has men and women who make this same affirmation as the apostle Paul—and live by it, as he did, great advances will be made in God’s kingdom:

But I do not consider my life worth anything to myself, so that I may finish my task and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace.
Acts 20:24 NET Continue reading “My worthless life”