Thank You For Being Alive

[Thank You] Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

– Proverbs 27:6 ESV –

I like to consider myself a realist. I wouldn’t say I’m pessimistic, but I try to analyze situations and look at what the likely outcome is. I would say sometimes I could do a better job of having faith in God’s sovereignty in a situation (some might call that optimism) and believe more in the work that God has done and will do in people.

Proverbs 25:6 is the kind of verse that encourages people like me to always be sure to rebuke when there’s an opportunity…but maybe that’s not quite what Solomon had in mind.

This isn’t going to be an in-depth word study or exegesis on this topic, but instead, simply a quick look at something I feel God is saying to me today.

I am critical more often than I think I actually should be. As much as wise words of rebuke are worth more than kisses from an enemy, how much better is the encouragement of a friend, especially when you are already down?

Because of my critical nature, I have a hard time encouraging people unless I see them do something that is actually “impressive.” I only give credit where it’s “due.”

What about grace?

I’ve been blessed by God and encouraged by God, not because of anything that I’ve done, but because of what He has done.

Perhaps I should extend that same grace, not only when people fail and need forgiveness, but perhaps it’s a form of grace to give encouragement even when it’s not “warranted.”

Perhaps this world would be a bit of a better place and Christ’s light might shine through me a bit more if I simply approached people happy that they are alive. Everything positive beyond that is just a bonus.

I don’t know about you, but I’m thankful that I’m alive. I’m thankful for the possibilities and the opportunities that I have each day to glorify God and to show Him to others.

I’m thankful you’re alive and I hope you are thankful for that as well.

Thank you for being alive.

Do Not Be Lacking in Zeal

“Listen, there’s nothing wrong with zeal when you’re zealous for God’s good purpose.” -Galatians 4:18a (the voice)

When we say, “I will support you no matter what you choose to do,” I wonder to what extent we mean that. Are we counting on knowing the person so well that they will do something good, are we slightly guilting them to push them towards what they know is right to do, or are we honestly just saying, whatever is is, I will support you.

I see a danger in this statement if it’s either of the last two. For one, guilt is not a good thing, people have told me it is, and from all I’ve done in my life and how much I’ve changed, guilt has only held me back from growing. When the leper asked Jesus to heal him, did Jesus respond, “first look at all you’ve done against me so that you may see why you are not worthy of being healed”? No. Jesus said, “pick up your mat and walk.”

Where do we get off seeing guilt as a good thing which Jesus does not ever impose it on us. I can understand how if someone is constantly doing something wrong and does not want to fix their problems, then they need a little guilt. But why should someone who feels bad from their past and wants to change, be held in that place and continue to suffer. Set them free.

To the idea of honestly saying whatever it is, I will support you. People say that they like to support people in places that they are passionate, but can there be a danger depending on where that passion lies? I would like to name off a few zealous people: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Kony, Fred Phelps…do I need to continue? Zeal is great, but like Paul says in Galatians, when it’s for God’s good purpose. Don’t misread the idea of zeal to be, catch on fire with something, run, and enjoy it. Rather, stop, drop, and roll if the idea sucks and is not for God, but run with it if it is.

i am not worthy

“But we know that no one is made right with God by meeting the demands of the law. It is only through the faithfulness of Jesus, the Liberator, that salvation is even possible.” – Galatians 2:16 (the voice)

Have you ever met someone that has been so sheltered in their faith that they actually think that somehow, they are right with God on their own account?

It seems like these people have something mixed up.

I’ve known people like this, and when they end up doing something really bad (at least in their eyes, the rest of us sinners are used to it) they feel like they’ve lost God’s love. If God’s love were truly contingent on the way we act…we would all be without it.

This seems to fight the “holier than thou” mentality, just not quite as much of the in-your-face aspect of it, it seems to be more personal…which might be worse, because then there’s no one to call you out and set you straight if you don’t spread the fact that you believe this.

No one is right by God by following His law. It is only through Christ that we find hope.

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