7/28/2018 0 Comments
A Bi-Monthly/Weekly Saturday 'Review' Series, Proverbs Chapter 1, Post 1, Saturday, June 16, 2018;
Post 2, Saturday, June 30, 2018; Post 3, Saturday, July 14 a-b, 2018; Post 4a -b, July 28, 2018; Post 5a - 5b, August 4, 2018.
Again, Proverbs Chapter 1, Verses 1 - 7
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; To perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtilty to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; And a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; The words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Throughout the Book of Proverbs, Let the Light of God's Word Help YOU 'Choose in Which of the Two Audiences' YOU are Standing.
Continuing from our Posts 3a,3b, July 14, 2018: today and continuing on a weekly Saturday Schedule to keep the 'thoughts' in sequence as we finish this series, July 28, 2018, Posts 4a, 4b; Post 5 a, 5b; August 4, 2018; Post 6, August 11, 2018
'But Mrs. Quarles, you should not 'judge' but 'show great tolerance', some may erroneously say.
Picking up our conversation from our last posts, July 14, 2018, as some may be thinking that I am 'judgmental'. We must always be loving and kind. But, what does God's word say about - 'discerning'?
Today, one of the 'missing links' in our private and public discourse is the difference between 'discerning' and 'judging'. Both terms are grossly misunderstood. Let's take some time to really appreciate this matter.
In 'Christian' contexts, 'discerning' is the perception in the absence of judgment with a view to obtaining spiritual direction and understanding. I, or anyone, who because they are 'in Jesus', are responsible first and foremost for our own life and will answer to God, as anyone. [2 Corinthians 5:10]. So then, if I do not decide to walk with God, abide in Him, [John 14:1-15:11] and do as I know to be His will, based on principles in His Word, then, I am the one who is the fool. ['one who has departed from 'the faith'.]
And, if I do not 'proclaim' His Word, the Whole Bible, whether in season or out of season', [2 Timothy 4:2], as is my calling to do so, many who crossed my path would have, or, could have, 'heard the truth', and taken the 'opportunity' to 'consider their own way'. [Romans 10:17] They could have 'heard' His call', to determine on this side of Eternity, the 'road to travel', with knowledge' and the consequences of the different roads. [Zechariah 7:13; Matthew 7:13; Luke 13:24; Romans 10:14; Hebrews 3:15, 4:7]
But, woe be to me, if I do not do my 'service', I have to answer to my Heavenly Father. So, ultimately, as for me and my house, I will serve the Lord, even as it is part of - 'The Great Commission'. [Joshua 24:15; Mark 16:15] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
In a 'nutshell', How are we to accomplish 'the Great Commission'?
Only by and through the grace of God, through the 'gifts of God'. as He, the Holy Spirit provides.
[Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; 28-30; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 4:11] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
In order to accomplish this, first, I must not try to correct others. [John 14:26; 16:8-9, 13; Jude 1:15; 1 John 2:27] The goal is for them to have the opportunity, to 'hear God's Word', 'the unvarnished 'truth'. [Romans 10:17] I am ever aware that in Matthew 7:1, the Lord said, 'Do not judge lest you be judged.' Then, in verses 2-5 he warns against trying to correct others without first correcting what is wrong in our own lives. If we deal honestly with our own hearts, etc., then we have the responsibility to help others.
But, we must be ever mindful for there is also a warning in Matthew 7, verse 6. He said, 'Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swines'. Thus, the question is ever, 'How can we know that someone, in their spiritual condition, is like a dog or a pig (i.e., someone who is incapable of appreciating the truth—apathetic, cold, indifferent), unless you judge, discern their character or their spiritual condition?'
Let us break this information up in another post 4b for this afternoon. So, please stay tuned. Amen. Amen.
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