“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/LifeLines, Words of Wisdom

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

I received my LifeLines newsletter from the Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons (AARP) and the title is “Words of Wisdom”.  Advice on careers, finance and life that has been passed down from generation to generation.  It goes on to say, Life lessons can be gained from almost any situation–whether it’s a historical event or time period, someone you’ve met or been inspired by in your lifetime or something you’ve experienced. 

Live on less – While the Great Depression was a difficult time in history, it taught us several important lessons that are being implemented today.  They are the importance of living on less, using less and wasting less.  Some of those who lived through the Depression still buy, save and reuse today as if it were the 1930’s. 

Save smart – There is no doubt that the economy has changed drastically over the years (*not just within the last 5 to 7 years).  As a result, the baby boom generation has learned the value of security and stability.  Over time, many have seen that saving money and planning ahead will allow them to live proactively rather than reactively.  Today, there are limitless resources to help people learn how to practice saving smart, and planning ahead.

     * There is a lot of complaining about our present government, but yet I can’t find a parking place at any of the shopping malls or stores.  Everyone is shopping, eating, going to the movies and driving nice cars.  I can remember a time when I had no money to go anywhere or do anything but go to work and try and pay my rent and buy food to raise my son.  Everyone was very quiet because we didn’t know there was a “recession” and that the bottom was about to fall out, but we knew something wasn’t right.  And yet we survived.

Do what you love, and love what you do – Just as events do, the people in our lives effect the way we think and act.  Over the years, there have been countless stories about people in pursuit of their dreams–from the greatest sports figures and businesspeople to our own family members.  And generation after generation, these examples have proved that hard work pays off. 

*Yes there are those that are fabulously wealthy; I heard recently that someone is worth $500 Billion! and there are those that are dirt poor and yet Jesus loves you and died on the cross for you.  Remember He was born in a stable, placed in a manger (a trough), He didn’t even have a bed.  He left His Heavenly Kingdom to dwell among men that we might have Salvation through Him.  Some of us might feel we got the short end of the stick, but if you have your health and can work, do it, and if you think there are those that look better than you do, be positive about yourself; get you hair done, or get a wig, wear some makeup, exercise and lose weight.  But let’s not lose sight of the big picture, and that is Life Eternal with Christ Jesus.  Amen

More to come and GOD BLESS YOU!

* This person’s opinion.

 

       

  

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/More Proverbs of Solomon, XXIX (29)

 

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“More Than Enough”, Vickie Winans. 

A Key Verse:  14) Happy is the man that feareth always:  but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.             

“More Proverbs of Solomon”, XXIX (29), Proverbs 28:1) The wicked flee when no man pursueth:  but the righteous are bold as a lion.  2) For the transgression (rebellious) of a land many are the princes (rulers) thereof:  but by a man of understanding and knowledge (maintains order) the state thereof shall be prolonged.  3) A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.  4) They that forsake the law praise the wicked:  but such as keep the law contend (resist) with them.  5) Evil men understand not judgment:  but they that seek the Lord understand all things.  6) Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.  7) Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son:  but he that is a companion of riotous (or feedeth glutinous) men shameth his father.  8) He that by usury and unjust gain (exorbitant interest) increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.  9) He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination (loathsome).  10) Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit:  but the upright shall have good things in possession.  11) The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out (sees through him).  12) When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory:  but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden (men go into hiding).  13) He that covereth his sins shall not prosper:  but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.  *14) Happy is the man that feareth always:  but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Quest Study Bible – v2, How do many rulers show that country is rebellious?  Various factions of individuals grasp for power.  The rebellious northern kingdom of Israel had nine different ruling families in just over two centuries.  Each one came into power through an assassination and none of them obeyed God (Hosea 7:7).  For more than three centuries, by contrast, Judah  had only one ruling family.  v13, What’s the best way to confess sins?  God’s people should honestly and openly tell Him when they sin.  Though He knows when they sin, He wants them to admit it so He can help.  David’s prayers in Psalm 32 and Psalm 51 provide a model for confessing to God.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – V14, We should always fear offending God and fear sinning against Him.

More to come and God Bless You.   

 

 

“The Love Of Christ jesus”/More Proverbs of Solomon, XXVIII

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“More Proverbs of Solomon”, XXVIII, Proverbs 27:15) A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious (disagreeable) woman are alike.  16) Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth (graspeth) itself.  17) Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.  18) Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof:  so he that waiteth on (looks after) his master shall be honoured.  1Kings 11:8; 1Corinthians 3:8.  19) As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.  20) Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.  Habakkuk 2;5.  21) As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.  22) Though thou shouldest bray (grind) a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle (a hard tool used to crush substances), yet will not his foolishness depart from him.  23) Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well (set thy heart) to thy herds.  24) For riches (strength) are not for ever:  and doth the crown endure to every generation?  25) The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.  26) The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.  27) And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy blood, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance (life) for thy maidens.    

Quest Study Bible – v17, Iron sharpens iron….People sharpen each other through exchanging information, discussing issues and critiquing each other’s ideas.  A true friend sharpens the personality of his or her friend.  v21, We are tested by the manner in which we respond to praise.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v22,  ……bray (grind) a fool.  Some are so bad, that even severe methods do not help.  What remains but that they should be rejected?

More to come and God Bless You.    

 

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/More Proverbs of Solomon, XXVII

 

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“More Proverbs of Solomon,” XXVII, Proverbs 27:1) Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.  Luke 12:19.  2) Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.  3) A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.  4) Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy (or jealousy)?  5) Open rebuke is better than secret love.  Galatians 2:14.  6) Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.  7) The full soul (or stomach) loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.  8) As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.  9) Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart:  so doeth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel (from the counsel of the soul).  10) Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of calamity:  for better is a neighbor that is near than a brother far off.  11) My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me (treats me with contempt).  12) A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.  Isaiah 32:2.  13) Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.  14) He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.  Psalm 12:2. 

Quest Study Bible – v1, The Apostle James warned about the same problem:  arrogant presumption about the future with no regard for God.  What we need is to humbly acknowledge the shortness and uncertainty of life (James 4:13-16).  v2, If you deserve praise, someone else will notice and will praise you!  v6, These are rebukes or criticism intended to correct (25:12).  Even though they are painful, they are of more use than the flattery or insincerity of an enemy.  v10, This proverb speaks about the value of maintaining friendships.  Develop a network of friendships and you’ll have a base of support.  v13, This is equivalent to giving someone a secured loan–demanding security because he or she is a risk. 

John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible – v3, but a fool’s wrath [is] heavier than them both;  it cannot be removed, it rests in his bosom; he sinks and dies under the weight of it. ( Job 5:2 ).   v10, neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity; poverty and distress, to tell him thy case, expecting sympathy relief, and succour from him; but rather go to thy friend and father’s friend, who sticks closer than a brother; see ( Proverbs 18:24 ); v13, Because of the profuse praises bestowed upon him;  sometimes God himself curses such a man, who listen to the flatteries of wicked men. ( Acts 12:22 Acts 12:23 ) .

More to come and God Bless You.  

 

 

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/More Proverbs of Solomon, XXVI

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“I Told the Storm”,” N Joyful Noise.

I am sinner saved by God’s Grace.  I was often the fool (lacking in moral qualities, not concerned with right and wrong).  I have done and said many wrong things in my life.  But thank God He did not leave me.  I felt the benefits of the sun, just like those that were good.  I had food, clothing, money (some), blessings (many), just like those that were good.  I know now, that I missed out on a lot of great things because of my sinfulness.  And then one day He Touched Me and I was godly sorrowful and prayed for His Forgiveness and now I strive (try hard) daily to be the Christian Christ would have me to be.  I can’t do it alone but because I Believe, He helps me.  “HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!”.

“More Proverbs of Solomon”, XXVI, Proverbs 26:17) He that passeth by, and meddleth (or is enraged) with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.  18) As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 19) So is the man that deceiveth his neighbor, and saith, Am not I in sport?  Ephesians 5:4.  20) Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out:  so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth (is silent).  21) As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious (quarrelsome) man to kindle strife.  22) The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.  23) Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.  Luke 22:48.  24) He that hateth dissembleth (hides his true feelings and is known) with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;  25) When he speaketh fair, believe him not:  for there are seven abominations in his heart.  26) Whose hatred is covered by deceit (or covered in secret), his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.  27) Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein:  and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.   28) A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v18-19, He that sins in jest, must repent in earnest. or his sin will be his ruin.  v20-22, Contention (anger) heats the spirit, and puts families and societies into a flame.  And that fire is commonly kindled and kept burning by whisperers and backbiters.   v24-26, Always distrust when a man speaks fair unless you know him well.  Satan, in his temptations, speaks fair, as he did to Eve; but it is madness to give credit to him.  v27, What pains men take to do mischief to others!  They prepare mischief to themselves.  v28, A slandering lie, the mischief of this every body sees.  A flattering lie, which secretly works ruin.  A wise man will be more afraid of a flatterer than of a slanderer. 

More to come and God Bless You.     

   

 

 

 

 

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/More Proverbs of Solomon, XXV

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

Fool – Someone lacking common sense or judgment.  The term often refers to one who is not mentally retarded but one who is lacking in moral (good) qualities.

1dis·ci·pline noun \ˈdi-sə-plən\ – control that is gained by requiring that rules or orders be obeyed and punishing bad behavior:  a way of behaving that shows a willingness to obey rules or orders:  behavior that is judged by how well it follows a set of rules or orders.  Merriam Webster.

Discipline to Discipleship 

Discipline Program “Building Discipleship” The words “discipline” and “disciple” both come from-the Latin word meaning “to learn.”  To learn the way of discipleship, to follow in Christ’s footsteps, we must be prepared to face the disciplines that make learning possible. Sometimes we need to be corrected, lest we go astray, knowing God’s corrections are always acts of love.  St Angela Merici Parish School.

“I Hear The Music In The Air”, Vickie Winans.

“More Proverbs of Solomon”, XXV, Proverbs 26:1) As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.  Psalm 12:8.  2) As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless (undeserved) shall not come.  3) A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.  4) Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.  Isaiah 36:21.  5) Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit (eyes).  6) He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.  7) The legs of the lame are not equal:  so is a parable in the mouth of fools.  8) As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.  9) As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.  10) The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors (sinners).  11) As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.  12) Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit?  there is more hope of a fool than of him.  13) The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.  14) As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.  15) The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him (or he is weary) to bring it again to his mouth.  16) The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason (answer discreetly). 

Quest Study Bible – v2, In ancient times many believed that words of blessing or cursing had mystical powers to accomplish their intentions.  This proverb dismantles this superstition, picturing the curse as a fluttering bird that doesn’t want to land.  vv4, 5, Some fools should be answered (v5), others should be ignored (v4).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-9, Wise sayings, as a foolish man delivers and applies them, lose their usefulness.  v12, We see many a one who has some little sense, but is proud of it.  This describes those who think their spiritual state to be good, when really it is very bad.  v13, The slothful man hates every thing that requires care and labour.  v15, It is common for men who will not do their duty, to pretend they cannot.  v16, He that takes pains in religion, knows he is working for a good Master; and that his labour shall not be in vain. 

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/More Proverbs of Solomon, XXIV

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

<p<strong>&gt;”More Proverbs of Solomon,” XXIV, Proverbs 25:16) Hast thou found honey?  eat so much as is sufficient for thee; lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.  17) Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.  18) A man that beareth false witness against his neighbor is a maul (club), and a sword, and a sharp arrow.  Psalm 140:3.  19) Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.  Job 6:14-20; 2Timothy 4:16.  20) As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre (soda), so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.  21) If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:  Matthew 5:44.  22) For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.  23) The north wind driveth away rain:  so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.  24) It is better to dwell in the corner of the house top, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.  25) As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.  26) A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.  Micah 7:8.  27) It is not good to eat much honey:  so for men to search their own glory is not glory.  Luke 14:11.  28) He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Quest Study Bible – v16, Too much of any good thing will bring negative side-effects.  v17, We can hinder relationships when we visit too frequently or for too long a time.  Even our best friends need space and privacy to care for their own affairs and families.  v20, People who are discouraged may benefit more if we weep with them (Romans 12:15).  v21-22, Jesus stressed the principle of this proverb and the Apostle Paul quoted it directly.  Both emphasized the need to love one’s enemy and to overcome evil with good (Matthew 5:44; Romans 12:20).  v26, A city with broken-down walls is defenseless against attacks by the enemy.  Likewise, a person with no self-control has no defenses against the attacks of temptation.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v19, Confidence in an unfaithful man Is painful and vexing (annoying), he not only fails *but disappoints (paraphrased).  v23, Sin, if it receives any check, becomes cowardly.   

More to come and God Bless You.