If a ruler listens to falsehood all his officials will be wicked. Proverbs 29:12
This proverb encapsulates a general principle, that those in leadership pass on their faults more quickly than their virtues.
Leaders are watched, and watched with greater expectation of trustworthiness than the watchers expect of themselves. So inevitably, when a fault is evident in the leader it justifies at least that degree of failure in the watcher.
This is why teachers will be judged more harshly. Our leaders must be willing to live right before they ever dare to lead.
Ezra had it right: For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to do it and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel. Ezra 7:10
One of the biggest problems in the Church today is a lack of gentleness. We treat each other roughly becuase we fail to consider one another. Compassion is a vanishing virtue. Out godly living is demonstrated through gentleness born of wisdom. This is the opposite of selfish ambition. Wisdom doesn’t look at others in envy, but gives.
Wisdom is pure (no ulterior motives), it is peacable (not bringing contention), it is gentle because itthinks first, then acts, it is willing to yield because it knows the destructive power of pride, it is merciful because it remembers its own need for mercy. Wisdom gives freely & impartially as it knows that God gives freely & impartially.
The result: a harvest of righteousness!
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. 2 Peter 3:10
We’ve been looking at the passage that contains this verse in our Bible study on the return of Jesus Christ.
This verse really does drive home just how astounding that day will be for both believers and non-believers. The coming of the Lord, we are told elsewhere in the Bible will be such that every eye will see Him. His coming will be sudden ‘in the twinkling of an eye’, and it will be final!
This verse tells us that when Jesus returns He will destroy the entire universe: the heavens will pass away, and the heavenly bodies will be dissolved, and the earth and its people will be laid bare before their Maker!!
If we were to truly believe this and live accordingly, what change would it make to what we say and do?
Coming off caffeine this week: my head hurts.
Blogging and RSS seem just made for each other. I’ve been using SharpReader for testing feeds. I’m not sure how this stands up against other readers, but I think the idea of using a stand alone program rather than a web browser is much better. News without the image overload is great, and the full page is just a double click away.
Now all I need to do is decided which feeds I want to have on my desktop.