ISAIAH 66 : 1-2
This is what Jehovah has said:
“The heavens are my throne, and the earth is my footstool.
Where, then, is the house that YOU people can build for me,
and where, then, is the place as a resting-place for me?”
“Now all these things my own hand has made,
so that all these came to be,” is the utterance of Jehovah.
“To this one, then, I shall look, to the one afflicted and
contrite in spirit and trembling at my word.”
Humility is the key to oneness with God.
Consequently, it is also the key to oneness with our brethren.
God’s way of achieving oneness is for each person to be so
attuned to God that he is motivated to do everything possible
to ensure that the relationship (with God or fellow man) is not
only unbroken, but constantly becoming ever closer.
We should do this because we are striving to become like Him,
and that is how He is.
Each person is responsible
for cleaning up his character and
humbling himself before God.
*clipart from http://www.christart.com*
Each is not responsible for judging his brother so critically it
drives a wedge between them and separates them.
Such a person does not even see his own sin! In such a case,
he could not be in God’s Kingdom because that manner of thinking
would continue right on into it, and God will not allow it there.
*John W. Ritenbaugh*
a vital organ for survival or an organ of ‘damning fire’.?
*** Words that heal and wound comes from the same mouth.***
“5 So, too, the tongue is a little member and yet makes great brags.
Look! How little a fire it takes to set so great a woodland on fire!
6 Well, the tongue is a fire. The tongue is constituted a world of
unrighteousness among our members, for it spots up all the body
and sets the wheel of natural life aflame and it is set aflame by
7 For every species of wild beast as well as bird and creeping thing
and sea creature is to be tamed and has been tamed by humankind.
8 But the tongue, not one of mankind can get it tamed. An unruly
injurious thing, it is full of death-dealing poison.
9 With it we bless Jehovah, even [the] Father, and yet with it we
curse men who have come into existence “in the likeness of God.”
10 Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing.”
*NWT — JAMES : 3 : 5-10*
Speak with kindness and thoughtfulness with consideration and discretion,
as words spoken cannot be taken back, just as it is the same with time that
cannot be wound backwards.
Reflect on these two poems ……..
An Evening Prayer
*C. Maud Battersby*
If I have wounded any soul today,
If I have caused one foot to go astray,
If I have walked in my own willful way,
Good Lord, forgive.
If I have uttered idle words or vain,
If I have turned aside from want or pain,
Lest I offend some other through the strain,
Good Lord, forgive.
Forgive the sins I have confessed to Thee.
Forgive the secret sins I do not see.
That which I know not, Father, teach Thou me—
Help me to live.
No Unkind Words
*George Matthas Adams*
If I knew that a word of mine,
A word not kind and true,
Might leave its trace on a loved one’s face,
I don’t think I’d speak it, would you?
If I knew the sting of a word
Might linger and leave its mark
With a deep dark scar on a loved one’s heart,
I don’t think I’d speak that word, would you?
The City of Regret
I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly.
This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it.
I’m talking about my annual “Guilt Trip.”
I got tickets to fly there on Wish I Had airlines. It was an extremely short flight. I got my baggage,
which I could not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was weighted down with a thousand
memories of what might have been. No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City
International Airport. I say international because people from all over the world come to this dismal town.
As I checked into the Last Resort Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting the year’s most important event,
the Annual Pity Party. I wasn’t going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the towns leading citizens would be there.
First, there would be the Done family, you know, Should Have, Would Have and Could Have. Then came the I Had
family. You probably know ol’ Wish and his clan. Of course, the Opportunities would be present, Missed and Lost.
The biggest family would be the Yesterday’s. There are far too many of them to count, but each one would have
a very sad story to share.
Then Shattered Dreams would surely make and appearance. And It’s Their Fault would regale us with stories
(excuses) about how things had failed in his/her life, and each story would be loudly applauded by Don’t Blame Me
and I Couldn’t Help It.
Well, to make a long story short, I went to this depressing party knowing that there would be no real benefit in doing so.
And, as usual, I became very depressed. But as I thought about all of the stories of failures brought back from the past,
it occurred to me that all of this trip and subsequent “pity party” could be cancelled by ME! I started to truly realize that
I did not have to be there. I didn’t have to be depressed. One thing kept going through my mind, I CAN’T CHANGE
YESTERDAY, BUT I DO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE TODAY A WONDERFUL DAY. I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled,
encouraged, as well as encouraging. Knowing this, I left the City of Regret immediately and left no forwarding address.
Am I sorry for mistakes I’ve made in the past? YES! But there is no physical way to undo them.
So, if you’re planning a trip back to the City of Regret, please cancel all your reservations now. Instead, take a trip
to a place called, Starting Again. I liked it so much that I have now taken up permanent residence there. My neighbors,
the I Forgive Myselfs and the New Starts are so very helpful. By the way, you don’t have to carry around heavy
baggage, because the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival. God bless you in finding this great town.
If you can find it — it’s in your own heart — please look me up. I live on I Can Do It street.
by Larry Harp