Romans, Yup Yup Yup, 23MAY and
Complaining, 22MAY (email chain start at bottom)
Yup, bible gateway verse of the day today is Romans 2…. About passing judgment, perfect duplicate verse this week (yes there were five duplicates this week too, sigh…) to drive the point home about complaining… I am so grateful for frank honest discussions with a handful of friends, like the one below, with a little humor thrown in…. (see bottom email)
But trusting God, I know that verse “that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance” is the truth, God blessed me (big time) to helps me repent… I take notice… I evaluate why I have the thoughts I do… I praise before the rocks call out… I look to God to repent big or small while I praise…
Last night thinking over these things, I saw a beautiful shooting star, I am not surprised, I had been looking to the heavens for quite a while last night and forever… I believe that if you look for God’s signs long enough, you will see them in multitudes… And I believe I won’t need to count the duplicate verses anymore (notice them but not count), because I look to God’s Word constantly. I believe that if you look for God’s signs long enough, you will see them in multitudes.. Yup yup yup……AMEN AMEN AMEN
Romans 2 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
God’s righteous judgment
2 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realising that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 God ‘will repay each person according to what they have done.’[a] 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honour and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favouritism.
12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
email to a friend…
I like this set of verse… Both for advice of how to live, and also it’s so wonderful that Christ gave the gift of teachers… I am so blessed to learn, and to have teachings pour out from so many sources…. Thanks
Ephesians 4 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
Unity and maturity in the body of Christ
4 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says: ‘When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.’
9 (What does ‘he ascended’ mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Instructions for Christian living
17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbour, for we are all members of one body. 26 ‘In your anger do not sin’[d]: do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
On May 22, debbie wrote:
> I love the honeymooners –
> I always try not to complain for there are so many worse off…. My grandmother was in a nursing home for 10 years from a stroke and diabetes and leg amputation – I visited her every other day with my mom or my dad – he visited her everyday… she NEVER complained – EVER! he roommate was the loudest screamer – I don’t know how my grandmother did it…
> When I do complain it is out of wanting something better for that person or our situation – and sure, of needing more help for myself… I don’t know how to remedy past perceptions of my complaining… I wish I had found the right way to motivate instead of complain… I have to discern now what I level of happiness I am entitled to – and what I just have to let go of…. I hope my motivation is always or the improvement of the situation to bring glory to what God wants – to vocalize what I visualize… and yet
I can not change the perception that others have… either way I have to pray on it…
> thank you for listening…
> On Fri, May 22 xxxxxx wrote:
>> I think it depends on what you’re complaining about & why you’re complaining kiddo. If you’re complaining about say a lack of effort by a colleague at work or by your kids that can help to motivate. If you’re complaining about everyday irritations such as traffic, an allergy attack, being sick, etc. just remember Jesus suffered through worse & He knows what human suffering is because He dealt with it too. Lately I’ve been experiencing pain/numbness. I can either complain which doesn’t help the situation, or I can take a muscle relaxer to help me sleep. If my boss complains because I didn’t do something the way he demonstrated I usually learn something useful. It’s the motivation for the complaining that can get us into trouble & disappoint God at times. The following Honeymooners skit demonstrates the worst kind of complaining on the part of the mother-in-law & it’s absolutely hilarious! Enjoy (& don’t complain!):https://youtu.be/92YQbNLnh_Q
>> From: debbie
>> Sent: Friday, May 22,
>> Subject: What does the Bible say? About complaining
>> Well, I have two people telling me, in this last few days, that I have the right to complain about life things, I wonder what the bible says…..
>> A pursuit of excellence or nitpicking????….take that log out of your own eye, don’t throw the first stone (those were more of the repeat verses this week…but they gets repeated alot lately anyway) hmmmm……
>> Romans 12:2 ESV
>> Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
>> Philippians 2:14-16 ESV
>> Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.