December 19 / Proverbs 19 / John 12

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Proverbs 19:17

Being kind to the poor is like lending to the Lord; He will reward you for what you have done.

Proverbs 19:18

Correct your children while there is still hope; do not let them destroy themselves.

This hearkens back to the power of “why” for me. Why do you correct your children? Is it to get them to shut up? Behave right in public so as to stop embarrassing me? To stop annoying me? Or is it to train them to be good people? To be godly? To love them and care for them? Always thinking long-term in the present moment?

Having the right heart in correcting your children makes a world of difference in the people they may become.

Proverbs 19:20

Listen to advice and accept correction, and in the end you will be wise.

Proverbs 19:17

Being kind to the poor is like lending to the Lord; He will reward you for what you have done.

Proverbs 19:18
Correct your children while there is still hope; do not let them destroy themselves.
This hearkens back to the power of “why” for me. Why do you correct your children? Is it to get them to shut-up? Behave right now? Stop annoying me? Or is it to train them to be good people? To be godly? To love them & care for them? Always thinking long-term in the moment? Having the right heart in correcting your children makes a world of difference.

Proverbs 19:20
Listen to advice and accept correction, and in the end you will be wise.

Proverbs 19:21
People can make all kinds of plans, but only the Lord’s plan will happen.
Here’s where I throw some of my rational thinking aside.
I think I plan stuff and I do what I plan. It sure looks that way.
But I cannot comprehend the mind of God, His plans, the universe, Heiseneberg’s uncertainty principle…
Just trust that God’s plans ultimately go, no matter how it looks, and you are on your way to much more peace.
Work hard and give up at the same time. Confusing yet liberating.
Hey that could be a tagline for something!
The Ripple Effect-Confusing, yet liberating.
Rob Pallikan- Confusing, yet liberating…next business card.


John 12:46
“I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in darkness.”
You wanna know what God is like? He’s just like Jesus.
Study Jesus, you’re studying God Himself, our Creator.
He most revealed Himself thru this man Jesus, the image of the invisible God. It’s easy to forget this. To forget how much Jesus of Nazareth revealed to us and how much He liberates our tiny thinking.
Trying to comprehend this, I imagine what it might be like if the wind was to become a person. If you could see wind, it would look like this. If wind were to become human, here is the person wind would be. This person reveals the essence of wind.
Believing in Jesus, our eyes are opened to the reality of all things, their true nature. We see life and people in their true essence. We see thru the lens of agape–placing high value on people who are normally rejected, seeing thru the surface issues of illness, weakness, and failure to the jewel at the core of each person.
We believe in order to understand. We don’t try to understand in order to believe. Believe me. Believing enlightens. Jesus enlightens.
Without faith it is impossible to see spiritually.

 

Faith in Jesus is demanded because through Him God is known.

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