Have you had a failure in your life? Long ago? Yesterday? Bible believers usually are honest to admit failure of some sort and take refuge in God’s understanding, and further, that said failure is nowhere near as bad as some they could name.
“Failure in the past does not nullify purpose in the future.”
Around forty years ago I became a better person due to a horrendous failure that drove me to my knees at the cross. There I came to understand that my future held more for me when I was disgusted with me, more than with others who had failed to a deeper degree. Scripture takes me before a pre-surgical mirror to clearly identify, factually, that it really is me standing in the need of prayer.
Over the years I’ve come to the realization that many, though not all, religious oriented media tends to make the National Inquirer appear legitimate. This is a shame in most cases. Seems that most fail to grasp the truth of Revelation 3:19, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”
When rebuke is given in a spirit of hate, it is unlikely to be heeded. Tragically, wimpish friends often fail in our duty to rebuke in the spirit of Jesus.
2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering (love word) and doctrine.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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