Foolish people are always fighting, but backing away from an accusation brings you honor.
Sometimes, you just need to SHUT. UP.
Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.
It is the pride of fools that keeps them fighting…verbally, physically.
And it is the humility of the wise that allows them to back away. They know who they are and are well grounded.So they see no need to be defensive.
There’s a story of a popular preacher who was being defamed publicly, and when the media asked him why he was not defending himself, “Oh I’m just glad they can’t see all the sin in my heart. I’m much worse than they make me out to be!”
Jesus knew that the Father had given Him authority over everything and that He had come from God and would return to God. So He got up from the table, took off His robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, and poured water into a basin. Then He began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel He around Him.
When you know who you really are, you know your true identity in God. You are then free and able to humbly serve others in even the most menial and demeaning of tasks.
Your pride is not damage one tiny fraction, for you no longer have any fleshly pride to be damaged.
Being kind to the poor is like lending to the Lord; He will reward you for what you have done.
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.
Listen to advice and accept correction, and in the end you will be wise.
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.
Pride always leads to arguments.
When you are filled with God and His love for people, you don’t find yourself arguing with everybody to prove what you believe. You find yourself loving everybody and therefor caring for them at the deep soul level. All you want is their good, and all you see is their precious value.
you no longer fret over winning or defending yourself when misunderstood. You see way beyond these trivialities.
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength. -Isaiah 30:15
Jesus lived in God’s world, always looking to Him and what He could do, as opposed to staring at the obstacles at His feet or seeing human problems as insurmountable. With God, all things are possible.
To him who believes.
To him who hopes.
To him who loves.
“Stop telling God how big your problems are, and start telling your problems how big your God is.”
This seems so obvious and makes you wonder why Jesus even asks this seeming ridiculous question to a man who has been disabled for 38 years.
Perhaps there is a deep lesson for us here.
Is it always obvious that a person wants healing from something toxic in their life? Logic tells us we want to get well, yet how many of us stay in and with something that robs us of life because, quite frankly, we are afraid to let it go. It is, after all, a very part of our being. We have allowed it for so long and fostered it to become, at least in part, our very identity. But it is not who we are; seeing ourselves and each other thru the eyes of YHWH’s agape is to look straight thru to the immense value of the precious jewel that is at the core of every person, including yourself.
The pruning in John 15 is not a cutting away of distractions from the outside, but rather the removal of what inhibits our moving forward from the inside. The very wood of the branch must be trimmed away in order to let the sap flow freely from the vine all the way thru and result in greater growth. Some of us need more trimming than others. So what.
Do you really want to get well? Be free of addiction? Be free of needing to be well liked or thought of by everyone? Be free of beating yourself up all the time? What are you willing to commit to? What are you willing to allow God to prune in order to get to that place of freedom? What are you holding on to with your kung-fu grip and not willing to give up for God to heal you and fill you with His peace? [actions, habits, or thoughts]