Another email I received that I absolutely had to share. It's perfect for today and the world around us. I love proverbs there are so many good verses that resonate with all of us.
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
– Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.orgOur culture esteems quick wit, but many times that wit devolves into words that hurt others for a laugh. The Proverbs challenges us to see our tongue as a healing balm. How do you do that? It starts with what we are looking for. Instead of looking for the inconsistencies in other people’s lives, start to notice the strengths. When what we notice is turned into words, we can encourage others in ways that few people do. An occasional jab is fun, but may we be known more for the way we build others up instead of tearing them down.
My Response to This
I know in my family we throw jabs at each other but WE ALL know that's its for fun. And adds a little humor. We make light of things that can go wrong, but in the end we all love each other.
Outside of my family I personally don't do that unless that particular person knows me Aand my personality (<--emphasis on the 'and'). Some people can get offended and honestly, I would too. If I didn't know someone too well, and they were to throw a jab at me, I would think of it as being rude and inconsiderate. I would definitely be feeling the negative energy and most likely just avoid it. For my own peace. In light of our lifestyles, our stresses, our families, our friends, social media and the news, everyone has difficulty in life. It may be on different levels but we ALL have something we are going through. Play nice respect one another. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
It truly is amazing and makes us feel much better when we give someone a compliment or point out what it is they are doing good at. It's good for their confidence, self esteem and also a mood booster. In turn they give us positive reaction which makes us happy. We can all use that!
The Devil's Triangle ... 2.25.2018
Last week's sermon my pastor used the Bermuda Triangle to relate it to our own growth into spiritual well being. We are well aware of the the famous and deadly Bermuda Triangle in the North Atlantic Ocean. It's the part near the Caribbean where the Hurricanes start and have devastated many islands such as Hurricane Irma, which wiped out Barbuda Island and left Puerto Rico without power. This was just last year. This was deadly ... which brings me to the Devil's Triangle.
There are three main points in our Spiritual path which make up the triangle that can lead us into deadly territories.
1John 2:16-17: For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is NOT the Father, but is OF THE WORLD. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
There are many other belief systems in our world, in today's society we are taught to live and learn, to follow a set of rules, to read this book or to believe that, to for-see our futures, these are not from the Kingdom of God. Rather it ignores God, it makes him different. These are NOT of the BIBLE. The bible offers you any answers or offers to help you through any difficulty in your life. The Bible has already foreseen our future thousands of years ago. I talks about adultery, it talks about witchcraft, it talks about anger, it talks abut boasting oneself to impress others, it talks about natural disasters, it talks about how we should stay sober, how drunkenness or any other substances can lead us down a path to negative awakenings, it talks about money. And its ALL TRUE! Who hasn't experienced any of this? Since reading the Bible and having personal conversations with God my life has gotten so much better! I'm woken-ed up, I'm avoiding bad decisions, I'm choosing my friends and my relationships wisely, it's leading me onto the RIGHT PATH. You must first believe it to see it and experience it. BELIEVING is the FIRST STEP. The beginning of this paragraph I mentioned there are many belief systems in our world. Exactly. These are OF THE WORLD. It is not from the Kingdom of God.
How many relationships were ruined or how many marriages were torn apart because someone was lusting over another person either by pornography (of the eyes) or committing adultery (of the flesh)? This is the DEVILS TRIANGLE. Avoid it to survive and not lead down a path of temptation and eventually death (Death of a marriage, death of your well being, however you want to grasp that). If we follow the world and it's teachings we can be headed into a dark path but if we follow God we can step into the Light. He makes our light shine bright.
Galatians 5:19-21: Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:25-26: If we live in spirit, let us also walk in spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
A brave woman in our church gave her testimony about the third point in the triangle. The PRIDE of LIFE. She wanted to share her experience. She achieved several degrees as a young woman, worked herself up to powerful positions, was career oriented and felt powerful and successful, she was focused on herself and boasting about her own self achievements. One day she was involved in a train accident, where she ended up falling off the train. She was in and out of the hospital for 8 years, she needed her family to help her with everything. Eating, getting ready, daily tasks, she didn't have the power like she had before. Her entire was life spent on building herself up to a prestigious position and this is when she came to God. She turned to the heavens for answers, help and guidance. She is now involved in Sunday teachings and helps others. She is still a very smart woman and this has humbled her. She was saved by Jesus.
God knows when bad things are going to happen to us. Its the times when we are at our worst, when we don't know what else to do, when we need help and guidance, that we finally come to knock on his door and ask him for his forgiveness and to be saved. Walking in the LIght
I've been reconnecting with my Faith and as I start this new journey I want to share some verses along the way, that really hit home and relate to life itself. So excited. Enjoy.