Doing Good

Doing Good

1 Peter 3:17

For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

I read this verse and the first thing that came to mind was one of my favorite old sayings; “No good deed goes unpunished.”

There is no known origin for this phrase, although it’s been attributed to the likes of Billy Wilder, Andrew Mellon and Oscar Wilde. Continue reading

The Individual II

The Individual II

Matthew 7:4-5

Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Many who read these verses would say that Christ is telling us to not judge others and their actions.  I agree.   But I had a different train of thought when reading these verses today, and it’s the same thought I’ve had throughout the New Testament and the Bible.  It’s the teaching and emphasis of the individual and the individual’s self responsibility. Continue reading

Gentle And Quiet Spirit

Gentle And Quiet Spirit

1 Peter 3:3-4

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

These verses are about the inner beauty of a person, and many of us were raised being taught to not judge a book by its cover.  Obviously that saying is true, otherwise it wouldn’t have lasted so long. Continue reading

Eating The Sour Grapes

Eating The Sour Grapes

Jeremiah 31:29-30

In those days they shall no longer say:

“‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
    and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’

But everyone shall die for his own iniquity. Each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.

When I read these verses two words came into my head.  We’ll talk about that a little later in this piece.

In ancient times it was thought that the sins of the father, or the “eating of the sour grapes” as referred to in these verses, were paid for by their children and their succeeding generations.  When the Israelites we’re conquered and carried off to Babylon the children were paying for the sins of their fathers.  But many of those children were also eating the sour grapes.  Much like their fathers, the children continued the idolatry and worshiping of false gods.  They continued the abominations practiced by their parents. Continue reading

Boast In Your Flesh

Boast In Your Flesh

Galatians 6:13

For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.

An old phrase comes to mind when I read this verse; do as I say, not as I do.  Of course I wanted to find out where that phrase originated.

I discovered it was first coined by an English jurist named John Selden in a book he wrote in 1654.  The book was published posthumously, 35 years after it was written.  It’s title, “The Table-Talk of John Selden”. Continue reading

Treasures In Heaven

Treasures In Heaven

Matthew 6:19-21

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

My post, Living In Your Paneled House, dealt with the words of the prophet Haggai. He was addressing the people of Israel after their return from captivity in Babylon.  The Old Testament Book of Haggai starts by him admonishing the Jews for taking care of their personal homes while neglecting the rebuilding of the Lord’s temple.  Haggai was letting all people who hear his words know that they must take care of their spiritual house, which is our spiritual self, which is the house of the Lord. Continue reading

Judging Yourself

Judging Yourself

Galatians 6:1-5

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.

Verses 3 and 5 were the two verses I wanted to write about, but as I read them I realized it would be best to post these verses in the context of which Paul had written them.  Now let me break out both verses and give you my thoughts, with each verse standing on its own. Continue reading