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LIVING THIS SIDE OF THE CROSS AND GLAD

Psalm 85 is loaded with emotion. God has fierce anger and displeasure due to the sins of His people. I feel a little uncomfortable and even disheartened reading this Psalm. I get a sense of how the Israelites must have felt. I feel they didn’t have the full hope we truly have today. They were doing continual sacrifices for their sins and never had a sense that their sins were forgiven once and for all. The Israelites probably felt they could lose their salvation if they messed up, as verse 7 seems to suggest: “…grant us your salvation.”

As believers living on this side of the cross, we have such a better hope. We see Jesus, the final sacrifice that ended all the centuries of sacrifices that couldn’t take away sins. We have the Holy Spirit, given as a promise that we are saved and can never lose our salvation by messing up. We don’t have to keep the commandments of Christ, but we get to. We serve in a new way, not by the letter of the Law but by the Spirit. I am truly glad to have been born on this side of the manger, the teachings of Jesus, the cross, and the empty tomb.

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LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS

I had surgery a week ago. (Not as I write this, but as you read it today it has been a week. I am actually writing it two days prior to the surgery.) You may have noticed that I have been having some difficulty with my right knee and after a series of tests and minor procedures it has been determined that I need revision surgery. I guess that sounds less daunting than replacement of the replacement. Anyway, I should be in the rehab facility recuperating as you read this.

I thought I would focus on Proverbs 13:2&3 for this blog. With today being Friday the 13th and the chapter being the 13th I thought I would have a better chance of remembering what I was doing. As you get older you begin to associate different things to help you not forget. I find myself doing that more and more. Now, what was I doing…? Oh, now I remember!

My dad used to have little quotes that he would often say at the strangest moments. I mean all kinds of things would just tumble out of his mouth at the drop of a hat and I can remember asking myself where in the world those things came from and why did he say them when he said them. Two of them were “loose lips sink ships” and “in life there will be plenty of people that think you are the dumbest person on the face of the earth, why open your mouth and prove them right?” See what I mean? He would call these teaching moments. It must have worked because I never mentioned to him what I thought they were because he also taught me that “discretion was the better part of valor.”

Given this background you can see why verse 3 sounds awfully familiar to me. “The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” This lesson was so important it is repeated in Proverbs 18:7, “A fool’s mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul”,  Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue,” and  Proverbs 21:23, “He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.”

My dad also said “there will be times when people will think you are wise, don’t open your mouth and prove them wrong.” Enough said!

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