Day 2 – Nov 23, 2018

I almost didn’t post today.

I’ve thought about posting several times, however I haven’t been able to get myself to sit down long enough to do it.

I started out the day with a good study of the book of Job by David Guzik, who does a really good job of extrapolating books of the Bible and finding references from other theologians and authors and pastors about the scripture that are clear and scripturally sound. He also has commentaries on most of the other 65 books of the Bible and writes for Blue Letter Bible, which I would strongly recommend as a solid study tool for the Bible.

I then went out and ate and went to a thrift store, which claimed to have 40% off, but they didn’t apply it. In fact, they took off 40 cents instead of 40%. I didn’t bother correcting them, even though it annoyed me a tad as the proceeds go towards feeding the hungry, so it’ll go to the less fortunate.

I then took a friend to work and back as it was raining later in the evening. For the most part, it’s been a low key day. I will need to do my flush for my stomach shortly, if you aren’t aware of what that means, you can look up the MACE procedure which can explain it and I won’t have to on here.

Right now I’m listening to the song “The Proof of Your Love” by For King and Country.

My favorite part of the song is the truth that is spoken in the monologue bit of the song, which is quoted from the MSG version of the Bible (a highly paraphrased version).

1 Corinthians 13:

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

(Who wants to hear a rusty gate? It’s an annoying sound and doesn’t mean anything. People can be pretty darn eloquent and have a way with words and seem to be inspired, but in reality, it’s just pretense and falsities. There’s nothing to it. It’s just noise to God, if there’s no love.)

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

(If we give everything to the poor and we don’t have love and we just do it to follow the crowd and not to honor Christ in true love, we haven’t gotten anywhere. We can’t earn grace or forgiveness. If we die on the stake and it’s not for Christ, it doesn’t mean anything. We’re bankrupt spiritually without love, as God is love and if we don’t love, do we really have Christ or the Holy Spirit in us at all?) *italics mine

The song ends here, but the passage continues in the rest of the chapter:

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Which makes me think, if our love isn’t these things, is it really true love? Likely not. Because love doesn’t give up. When you love, you care for someone more than yourself. It doesn’t envy, it doesn’t want what it doesn’t have, it doesn’t strut, it isn’t boastful flaunting itself around, it isn’t hotheaded or arrogant, it doesn’t force itself on others, it isn’t “me first”, it doesn’t keep score, it takes pleasure in the truth, it trusts God always, it looks for the best, even in miserable situations and in suffering, it never looks back and keeps on going.

Here’s another translation: (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

It continues (NIV):

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

We can’t see everything clearly now. We see things as if in a mirror, as back in the day mirrors were made out of rusty bronze and didn’t reflect well. They weren’t clear reflections as we see now. But then, we will see Christ face to face, those who truly believe in Him and have died to themselves and truly follow him and love Him.

The last bit hit me, as we are fully known to Him. We can’t hide our sin. We are guilty. We know this, yet we try to hide or pray to make ourselves look cleaner, but it doesn’t work. God is acutely aware of every selfish ambition or sin in our lives. He’s aware of everything that we do for His glory. Only what we do for his name will last into Eternity. Nothing else.

With this, I’m going to call it a night. I hope that everyone has a fantastic evening, morning, afternoon or whatever it may be where you’re at.

Goodbye for now,

Just Stephen

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