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Rooted in Christ

22 Oct

What do we do when everything we hold dear is being uprooted?  Where do we find stability?  Only in one person; Jesus Christ.   To thrive in an uncertain world we must root ourselves in Him.

Colossians 2:6-7

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,  having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith,  just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

Psalms 1

Colossians2_6_7How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked.

Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.

He will be like a tree firmly planted by steams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season

And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so,  But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.

 

 

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Proverbs 29:21

23 Jun

He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child  shall have him become his son at the length.

Proverbs 29:21

**  Quoted from : Let God be True

Here is good advice for managers. Wise and careful treatment of an employee can lead to a relationship with him similar to a family member. There is a great distance in the Bible between masters and servants, approximating employers and employees today. This significant difference in ability and position is to be preserved. But prudent managers also win affectionate loyalty, in addition to diligent obedience, from their employees.

The Bible teaches, defends, and promotes authority more than any other philosophy or religion, for the foundation of all human relationships is the sovereign authority of a creator God. Jehovah ordained the five spheres of human authority – husband, parent, master, magistrate, and pastor. Therefore their offices are not to be compromised (Eccl 10:5-7; Rom 13:1-7; I Cor 11:9; Eph 6:1-9; Col 3:18-25; Heb 13:7,17; I Pet 2:13 – 3:7).

But the Bible also restricts and penalizes abuse of this God-ordained authority (Ps 12:5; Eccl 5:8). Masters are limited in their authority over servants, and they are bound to treat them with a minimum level of fairness, kindness, and consistency (Lev 19:13; 25:39-46; Deut 15:12-18; 24:14-15; Eph 6:9; Col 4:1). And the doctrine of God further teaches love of neighbor, including servants, by the standard you seek to be loved (Luke 6:31; 10:27).

The older conservative and evangelical commentators understood this proverb very differently. They believed it condemned treating a servant too well in his youth, for he would be spoiled by the luxury, forget his proper place, and later presume to be equal to the heir. Since most commentators generally follow one another, they agreed with each other here. Their interpretation and application are wrong for the following reasons.

First,
an ironical or sarcastic use of words should be obvious to the reader, which is not obvious here. A straightforward reading of the proverb indicates positive instruction for the wise management of servants. To take the words in the opposite sense of a sarcastic rebuke is difficult indeed, for there are no words or contextual hints to do so.

Second, “delicately” does not require a definition of pampering luxury, for it also means careful and tactful treatment, as in Agag coming delicately to Samuel (I Sam 15:32).

Third, Solomon taught elsewhere in Proverbs that a wise servant would, and therefore should, be promoted over foolish sons and given an interest in the family inheritance (Pr 17:2). And he taught that kings recognize and promote wise servants (Pr 14:35). Jesus taught that a wise and faithful servant would be highly promoted (Luke 12:41-48).

Fourth, Scripture warns against abusive treatment of servants and requires kind treatment of them. Moses commanded regarding servants, “Thou shalt not rule over him with rigour; but shalt fear thy God” (Lev 25:43). Maidservants were to be treated as daughters and given food, clothing, and the duty of marriage – regular lovemaking, or be set free (Ex 21:9-11). Moses allowed for servants loving their masters and staying with them for life (Ex 21:1-6). And Solomon admitted masters and servants ate the same (Pr 27:27).

Consider Job’s holy and perfect attitude toward servants. He said, “If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me; What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him? Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?” (Job 31:13-15). Though slaves had no legal rights, Job granted them the right to appeal to him!

Abraham had such a close relationship with one of his servants – Eliezer of Damascus – he planned on making him his heir (Gen 15:2-3). He later entrusted another servant to pick a bride for his son Isaac, which resulted in Rebekah being the mother of Israel (Gen 24:1-67). And Paul told Philemon to receive Onesimus as a brother-servant (Phile 1:16)!

Fifth, Daniel, though a captive eunuch from Israel, was affectionately treated by Nebuchadnezzar, Darius, and Cyrus. Even Belshazzar promoted him to third in the kingdom (Dan 5:29). Though a war captive, he was promoted to the inner circle of several kings. Joseph was promoted over all Potiphar’s house and then over the land of Egypt by the wise management of Potiphar and Pharaoh (Gen 39:1-6; 41:38-45).

Sixth, the history of slavery in America and other nations includes examples of servants being treated like family members with deep and abiding affection and loyalty running in both directions. Paul did not admit much difference between young sons and servants (Gal 4:1-2). There were clearly masters that practiced the gentle wisdom of this proverb.

Seventh, those holding the other interpretation were a slave-owning generation that lost sight of this merciful possibility and gracious principle. Due to the outcry against slavery in 18th century England and 19th century America, greater rigor was required to keep servants in their place, so pulpit and pen were slanted to preserve domestic tranquility.

Beyond the proverb’s interpretation, what is the lesson for us? Considerate and tactful treatment of employees can result in a relationship with the affection and loyalty of a family member. A common proverb declares, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” You can attract greater devotion and effort with kindness than with meanness. Christian employers should conscientiously treat their employees with discreet and prudent care at all times. They should redress all grievances in a fair and equitable way, and they should communicate openly and honestly with those in their service.

“Might makes right” is a foolish invention of God-haters. Wise business owners and managers win the affection and loyalty of employees with careful and tactful treatment. Service from the heart is better than service from fear or a paycheck. Husbands, parents, magistrates, and pastors will also grasp that the principle applies to them as well. Right conduct is determined and defined by scripture, not by the might of those in authority.

You tempt the Lord your God, a very serious offence, if you seek to enforce your authority by power and privilege alone (Eccl 5:8; Eph 6:9; Col 3:19,21; 4:1). Let every Christian reader apply the same benevolent kindness to those under their authority as their heavenly Father does to even His enemies (Matt 5:43-48; Acts 14:17). Though He is Lord of all, He is also good to all and satisfies their desires (Ps 145:9-16).

 

 

 

Judgment is for Scorners – Proverbs 19:29

16 Oct

From the Let God be true website:

Proverbs 19:29.

” Fools and scorners deserve one thing – a beating! It is the only thing they understand (Pr26:3)!  Only other fools try to protect them from a whipping or give them honor.  Good men stand with the LORD and despise fools and scorners. Unless they repent, they should be severely punished. Giving them honor or kindness is rebellion against God.

Wise men do not need punishment, for correction and instruction are enough. They hear the reproofs of truth, and they reform their lives to match it.  They listen to instruction and gain understanding (Pr 1:5; 9:9). They benefit from teaching, unlike fools and scorners. “A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool” (Pr 17:10).

Fools are stupid; scorners are rebellious. Fools are stubborn; scorners are malicious. They both deserve to be punished, because they flagrantly violate laws of an orderly society. Therefore, authority must deal severely in punishing them – especially civil government, which should impose harsh punishments on civil offenders (Deut 25:1-3).

Stripes come from flogging on the back. Flogging was once the chief means of discipline in homes, schools, the military, and society. Check any old encyclopedia. Of course, this confused and effeminate generation treats even violent criminals tenderly. Flogging is now thought abusive, inhumane, and Neanderthal, though it was common just a few years ago. Let God be true (Pr 10:13; 13:24; 18:6 19:18,25; 22:15; 23:13-14; 26:3; 29:15)!

The wise man, King Solomon of Israel, knew better than this generation. He understood that certain men only respond to one thing – pain. Therefore, he knew the value of a strict penal code. It was the only way to communicate with fools and scorners. Their ignorance and arrogance preclude them from learning by instruction, so they must be punished.

Ignorant sentimentalists protect and honor fools and scorners, but punishment will deter their wickedness (Eccl 8:11). And it provides a good warning to others (Pr 19:25; 21:11). Reducing punishment promotes pride and rebellion. The nation is reaping the bitter fruit of what it has sown. Current youth have no fear for their folly and scorning. Honoring a fool or scorner is wrong (Pr 26:1). They should be avoided, rejected, and punished.

From parenting to voting for elected officials, a strict criminal justice system and severe penal code effectively promote wisdom and righteousness in homes and society. The horrible pain and suffering caused by rebellion and violence today could have been avoided by following this simple proverb, which your grandparents understood clearly. Events many wring their hands about today hardly ever occurred in previous generations.

Israel had no prisons, for God’s justice system did not have a need for them. The Law of Moses put capital offenders to death immediately, used flogging for other crimes, required heavy restitution for others, and sold you into slavery if you could not pay. Not a dime was spent on a prison system, where depraved fools and scorners can come together for three squares a day and mutual encouragement in wicked thinking and planning.

Where are fools or scorners in your life? In your home? In your place of employment? In your church? In your nation? By whatever authority or influence God has given you, choose a harsh and severe response to folly and scorn in order to follow the wisdom of this proverb. If more would do their part, fools and scorners could be reduced for peace.

Fools and scorners who are not punished due to weak parents and/or an effeminate society should remember there is a God in heaven, Who sees every act of arrogance and rebellion; He will punish without compromise or mercy (Num 32:23 Ps 5:4-6; Pr 29:1; Eccl 12:13-14), and the righteous will rejoice when they see the just reward (Ps 58:6-11).

Discipline

30 Sep

This is a study on child discipline. This excerpt is from the Nelson Bible Commentary. It is instructive on disciplining children (NOT INFANTS).  It is also wise to note that discipline should never ever be done in anger, rage, or pride.  Discipline is for the purpose of teaching, instruction, guidance, and for punishment when appropriate and for the right reasons.

A popular belief today is that people are basically good. An extension of this belief is that children come into the world as morally pure and pristine creatures who are then “socialized” into harmful, hurtful patterns by parents and society.

The book of Proverbs, along with the rest of the Bible, presents a very different picture of children and childrearing. Although children are seen as a blessing, they tend towards evil if left to their own nature (Proverbs 22:15)

Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;

The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.

Proverbs 22:15

For that reason, parents are urged to discipline their youngsters. Neglecting to do so amounts to condemning a child to death. (Proverbs 19:18).

Discipline your son while there is hope,

And do not desire his death.

Proverbs 19:18

Opinions vary as to the best way to discipline children. But disagreements about means must never lose sight of what Proverbs says are the ends involved—to bring a child into adulthood with strong character and the ability to make wise choices (Proverbs 29:15).

The rod and reproof give wisdom,

But a child who gets his own way

Brings shame to his mother.

Proverbs 29:15

Whatever the term “rod” means to you as a parent, proverbs encourages you to use discipline in raising your children (Proverbs 23:13).

Do not hold back discipline from the child,

Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.

Proverbs 23:13

Several principles of discipline are found in Proverbs:

A child needs far more than discipline, In fact, discipline is only one part of a broader home environment required to set a child on the path towards wisdom, self-appreciation, understanding, and humility. (Proverbs 2:1-22; 4:3-9; 15:31-33).

When I was a son to my father,

Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,

Then he taught me and said to me,

“Let your heart hold fast my words;

Keep my commandments and live,

Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!

Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

“Do not forsake her, and she will guard you;

Love her, and she will watch over you.

“The beginning of wisdom is; Acquire wisdom;

And with all your acquiring, get understanding.

“Prize her, and she will exalt you;

She will honor you if you embrace her.

“She will place on your head a garland of grace;

She will present you with a crown of beauty.”

Proverbs 4:3-9

He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof

Will dwell among the wise.

He who neglects discipline despises himself,

But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.

The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom,

And before honor comes humility.

Proverbs 15:31-33

Punishment for wrongdoing is not only corrective but preventive in that it can steer a young person away from more powerful forms of evil and ultimate destruction (Proverbs 5:12-14; 23:14).

And you say, “How I have hated instruction!

And my heart spurned reproof!

I have not listened to the voice of my teachers,

Nor inclined my ear to my instructors!

I was almost in utter ruin

In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”

Proverbs 5:12-14

Correction demonstrates love, whereas lack of it is a form of hate (Proverbs 13:24).

He who withholds his rod hates his son,

But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.

Proverbs 13:24

Discipline is intended to purge children of the inherent “Foolishness” that the Bible says they have (Proverbs 22:15).

Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;

The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.

Proverbs 22:15

 

* From Nelson’s Bible Commentary, Page 766.

Insufficient Help, Part 2

11 Sep

Insufficient Help, Part 2.

From the Article: (see full article at the link above)

“The Los Angeles Times, for example, quoted Laing, who “said that he couldn’t think of any fundamental insight into human relations that has resulted from a century of psychotherapy. ‘I don’t think we’ve gone beyond Socrates, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, or even Flaubert by the age of 15,’ ” he said. [3] Laing added,

“I don’t think psychiatry is a science at all. It’s not like chemistry or physics where we build up a body of knowledge and progress.” [4]

Jeffrey Zeig, organizer of the conference, said there may be as many as a hundred different theories in the United States alone. Most of them, he said, are “doomed to fizzle.” [5

Psychology is no more a science than the atheistic evolutionary theory upon which it is based. Like theistic evolution, “Christian psychology” is an attempt to harmonize two inherently contradictory systems of thought. Modern psychology and the Bible cannot be blended without serious compromise to or utter abandonment of the principle of Scripture’s sufficiency.

Though it has become a lucrative business, psychotherapy cannot solve anyone’s spiritual problems. At best it can occasionally use human insight to superficially modify behavior. It succeeds or fails for Christians and non-Christians equally because it is only a temporal adjustment—a sort of mental chiropractic. It cannot change the human heart, and even the experts admit that.”

 

See the Full Article at the link above.

Our Great Savior

9 Mar

Our Great Savior

Jesus what a Friend for sinners!  Jesus lover of my soul

Friends may fail me,  Foes assail me

He my Savior,  makes me whole.

Hal-le-lu-jah!  What a Savior! 

Ha-le-lu-jah! What a Friend!

Sav-ing, help-ing, keep-ing, lov-ing,

He is with me to the end.

 

 

 

 

 

Naming Names

20 Feb

“Evangelicals who adhere strictly but unpretentiously to the inerrancy of Scripture and refuse to join ranks with professing believers who compromise God’s Word are often labelled as divisive. But God’s true church is bonded by His Word and the power of His indwelling Spirit, who applies and builds the church on and through that Word. The ones who truly cause destructive division and disharmony, the ungodly dissensions and hindrances about which Paul speaks here, are those who promote and practice falsehood and unrighteousness. No institution or movement can rightly claim unity in Christ if they are not unified in and by His Word. Whatever spiritual unity they may have is based on the spirit of this age, which is satanic, not godly.

The right response of believers to false teachers, especially those who teach their heresy under the guise of Christianity, is not debate or dialogue. We are to turn away from them, to reject what they teach and to protect fellow believers, especially new converts and the immature, from being deceived, confused, and misled. Paul often argued and debated with unbelievers, both Jew and Gentile

Acts 17:16–17; cf. 9:29; 17:2; 18:4; 19:8–9). He did not, however, provide a platform for those who professed Christ but taught a false and perverted gospel. Such people are not to be debated but denounced. [2]”

Read More at this Link: http://www.gty.org/Blog/B140218

Naming Names.