Inspiration for Today's World

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Honesty in business dealings

Proverbs 11:1 In your anger do not sin: The Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight.

Proverbs 20:10 In your anger do not sin: Differing weights and differing measures the Lord detests them both.

Commentary:

While scales are not in use in most businesses today, they were necessary in most of the businesses of Old Testament times. There is little doubt in God’s view of how business should be conducted. Honesty is the path of those who follow the Lord.

Holy Spirit, His role in the life of an unbeliever

John 16:8 In your anger do not sin: When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.

Commentary:

The Holy Spirit convicts both believers and unbelievers of sin. Therefore, when you witness to someone, also consider praying for the work of the Holy Spirit in their life.

Helping others

1 John 3:16-18 In your anger do not sin: This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him: Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

Commentary:

God’s emphasis is clearly on the actions of a man, his walk, not his talk. With the start of each day, we are told to share our love with one another and share the Gospel. One point to remember is that if we live our faith, we do not necessarily need to use words to tell others about Christ (2 Corinthians 4:7-10).

Help, from God directly

Psalm 73:23-24 In your anger do not sin: Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.

Commentary:

God holds us, even during the times when we do not seem to have the strength to do the holding ourselves. Our comfort comes from two key points:

  • God guides us through His counsel. We do not have a passive God; and
  • God’s leadership is from this world into the next. Notice here that it does not say we will necessarily have the benefit in this world. God’s helpful hand is to get us out of this world.

Hell, what is it like?

Revelations 21:6-8 In your anger do not sin: He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars — their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.

Commentary:

Separation is clearly one of the key elements of hell. Separation from God, separation from those who have maintained their faith and belief in Christ. Hell is no pleasant place. It is eternity spent with the very part of humanity that cannot be trusted, is hurtful and self-centered. Each person on earth is given a choice, a second birth (John 3:3) or a second death.

Heaven, what is it like?

Revelation 21:3-5 In your anger do not sin: And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” The he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Commentary:

This is the “hope” of every Christian. It is the reward of our faithful service and our trust in Christ. No worldly achievement can withstand comparison to heaven.

Hardships, why they are given to us?

Romans 5:3-5 In your anger do not sin: Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produced perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who he has given us.

Commentary:

What is the difference between a non-Christian and a Christian? The foundation of their hope. Without hope, we find ourselves in a fatalistic world, self-centered and consuming, without a goal or direction. Like a marathon runner, the pain of practice is a requirement to gaining the strength and confidence to finish the race.

 

Romans 8:18-21 In your anger do not sin: I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.

Commentary:

The Apostle Paul points out one of the key elements of understanding our God. It is that God wants us to each have an eternal life. In our human state, we cannot experience this greatest of gifts from God. We need to be “liberated” as Christ was in His own resurrection. It is pointed out that we do not seek the “hardships” given to us but, instead, they are all part of God’s plan. How can hardships, pain, suffering and frustration bring us to eternal life? Only through our faith, reliance on Christ and our response while in this world.

 

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 In your anger do not sin: To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Commentary:

The Apostle Paul shares with us an insight into his life. He was burdened by some ailment that caused him to call out to the Lord for relief. In Christ’s day, to plead with God meant days of fasting and prayer. Paul was tormented to cause him to do this three times. In Christ’s answer is the wisdom Paul gained. When we are burdened, heavily burdened, we should rely fully upon Christ. When we do, we have Christ’s power and strength on our side. Therefore, hardships that drive us closer to the Lord should bring rejoicing since while we lose worldly strength, we gain true strength through Christ.

Hardships, why do bad things happen to good people?

Daniel 11:35 In your anger do not sin: Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.

Commentary:

God loves each of us. His own covenant (assurance) is that each of us will enjoy the greatest of all gifts, eternal life. This is a gift from God and it is given to those of faith through His generosity and mercy. Our God knows us as a an artist knows each brush stroke of a painting. This is so because God is our creator. As we place our faith in God and on Christ, we begin to recognize that in order to transition into the eternal world, we must be “refined.” This verse in Daniel is pointing out that our response to hardships should be to accept them as a necessary part of our Christian growth. While this is easy to say and hard to do, it is the hardships of life that will bring us closer to a personal relationship with our Savior.

Happiness, for the youth

Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 In your anger do not sin: Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment.

Commentary:

God permits Joy, fun, the carefree attitude for the young. Heed, however, the warning, that the fun must remain consistent with God’s law because even the young must stand in God’s judgment.

Grudge, holding one

Ephesians 4:31-32 In your anger do not sin: Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Commentary:

Within this instruction, we are reminded of God’s forgiveness and directed to follow His example.

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