Faith Blog

REBUKE ME, PLEASE.

“Let a righteous man strike me - it is a kindness; let him rebuke me - it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it.”  Psalm 141:5a

I don’t take “rebuke” very well.  I have a bad habit of thinking that I’m the smartest person in the room so when someone deems to correct me, I’m not usually very receptive, no matter who is giving the correction (more often than not my incredibly intelligent and patiently perceptive wife).  But David asks us to take another look at that.  He’s not just saying we need to receive rebuke rightly, but that we need to request righteous rebuke. 

That reminds me of a proverb I read recently:  “Faithful are the wounds of a friend;  profuse are the kisses of an enemy.”  Prov. 27:6

As the year comes to a close and we start to think how we might want next year to be different, we should look at the friends that we are in community with.  Are they friends that challenge us and rebuke us when necessary or are they more likely to massage your ego?  If we want to see real growth, both individually and as a congregation, we need more of the former and less of the latter.

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A VERY DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS STORY

It’s fun to see different nativity scenes from around the world. How do people imagine it? Were there Christmas trees? Palm trees? Was there snow? Were there three kings — or an envoy of wise men? There are lots of representations of that beautiful scene, and most seem to reflect the message given to us in the gospel accounts — the message of “peace on earth, good will to men.”

 

Today’s reading in Revelation 12 presents a very different view of the nativity: the peace and good will that is extended to us is also the great turning point in the war between God and Satan. Here we are shown the Son of Man, the long-expected Jesus, who will bring about “salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God.” We are also shown the dragon, Satan, attempting to thwart God’s plan of redemption by devouring the child. But we know how this story ends! Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8), and His victory ushers in our salvation. We are granted peace with God through Him who is our peace.

 

Take a moment today to praise Him who has brought you into His kingdom. What a victory!

 

 

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