S. Riches do not profit in the day of
wrath,. but righteousness delivers from death. PROVERBS 11:4
O.Money cannot buy us everything, nor can our wealth purchase us eternal life at
the time of judgment. However, our being right with God assures
us of what we need for that day. Therefore, we can see that having riches is not as
important as being righteous.
As we read the Bible we can begin to see
how God thinks about our lives. Thinking
and meditating on the Scriptures can change the way we think and live. Such spiritual activity can transform our attitudes
and change our lives for the better.
A good way to do this is by using your own
Bible and a notebook for writing down your thoughts while reading the Scriptures.
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
Being 21st Century Jesus
Followers, we are all called to leave our self-centered ways - in order to
pursue Him and His will - on a daily basis.While this kind of living is never easy nor popular, it can be rewarding
in this life and will be very rewarding in our life to come.
If paraphrased, this
verse might read, “Prioritize your life by putting first things first, like developing
a career and preparing for the future; after which, begin focusing on what
comes next, such as starting a family and acquiring a personal household; because
then it is a good time to do so.”
paraphrase of this verse might say something like, “It is smart to not talk too
much because we have so much to learn. Knowing that our perspective
is limited, it is always best to exercise self control and be quiet, no matter
how an issue may look or make us feel.Even
simpletons are thought of favorably when they keep quiet.”
paraphrase of this verse might read, “The influence of liars will eventually
die because their lies cannot last for long in the light of truth; but those
who listen - more than they speak - will have long lasting impact and their
words will live onward, far past their lifetime.”
Contemplating on this
statement reminds us that our having two ears and one mouth is an indication of
how we should live; pointing to our need to listen twice as often as we speak. Living like this could help ensure that our
words really matter.
defines the word paradox to mean “a
statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd, but in
reality can express a possible truth.”
view of God appears to include paradoxes; e. g. He is first and last, and one
yet three, a consuming fire and loving Father, etc.
was a suffering servant and is our soon returning King.He was our sacrificial offering and is our
merciful High Priest.He is the lion and
the lamb, Who died (temporarily) so we can live (eternally).