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There Is A Scripture 09-13-19

In our words lie the power of life and death.

There are many teachings out there about this subject and this week I began listening to one of them.

We have a problem, whether we are believers, actively engaged in following after Jehovah God’s Ways or we are not, we…all people.

We don’t like it when others are not satisfied with our opinions or assessments on a matter, or what should be done. We take it personally as if a lack of immediate acceptance or agreement, as if an attitude of questioning and not being so sure of what we say, means they think we are wrong.

This isn’t necessarily what is going on in another’s mind…however… it may be, because the attitudes of people on the receiving end can be just as ungracious as those on the giving end. But this can often be speculative. There is not always a way of knowing. And should it matter anyway?

Why is it that we would be offended by hesitancy or questioning or doubt concerning our knowledge? We all have knowledge and it is all, at best, incomplete, at worst, incorrect and that is without considering the motives we have in proclaiming it which is a serious question in itself.

The Scriptures speak to us of fallacies and incomplete knowledge and counsels us to question what we hear. Skepticism and caution are not adversarial attitudes but are attributes of wisdom, tools for getting to and doing what is correct and right.

“…presently I know in part…” 1Corinthians 13:12 Berean Study Bible

“…The simple man believes every word, but the prudent man watches his steps…” Proverbs 14:15 Berean Study Bible

“… The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross examines him…” Proverbs 18:17 Berean Study Bible

“…Now the Bereans…received…and examined the Scriptures every day to see if these teachings were true…” Acts 17:11 Berean Study Bible

“…Beloved do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits…” 1 John 4:1 Berean Study Bible.

We shouldn’t be offended by questioning.

And we should not allow questions and doubts and other knowledge considered more useful than ours to arouse us to impatience, a sense that we don’t know what we are talking about.

It is unrealistic and arrogant to think that we of ourselves have the absolute and only available answer, understanding, evaluation, interpretation of anything. We have only to look at our own past and remember the times we thought we were right and found out we weren’t or remember the times when we figured there was no other way and there was, of the times when we were right but only half right, and then remember how we handled it with words that didn’t build but destroyed.

Love is not just a feeling. It is also a way of giving… to the best of our knowledge, acknowledging that there may be more we don’t know… accepting that what we offer may not be accepted above what another has to offer, to do so with respectful, kindly words and beyond these continuing in prayer God’s will be done for the absolute best outcome of the wellbeing of the other.

Father remind us gently please, but unequivocally that we are not all knowing and perfect and neither is anyone else.

Forgive us our arrogance when we act as if we are, our simple mindedness when we think they are.

May we indeed question and search concerning everything but do so within the framework of Your instructions, humble in the knowledge that without You we will never know correctly or rightly, even in part, let alone completely.

Lead us and guide us to do so respectfully and graciously towards one another, our motivation the well being and welfare of one another and with words that build up, not tear down.

And may we give glory to You as, to Your glory, You use many and varied vessels to teach us what You would have us know, live as You would have us live.

In Yeshua’s name we pray,

Amen.

May God’s love be in us all.

Father…be close.

Elder

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