Hello my friends, it’s been a long while. I first heard this from my grandma: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Given the state of current events, I feared I might say something NOT nice. At least once a day I am puzzled (to put it mildly) by new information, new mandates, new decisions. I usually respond with “Say, what?” or “What now?” So that’s why I’ve chosen to say nothing at all.
But the Bible Sampler quilt is growing along, and I’m wanting to share my progress with you. I struck upon the idea that I would just post the photo and copy the scripture passage that goes with the next block to stay on the safe side. And really, quoting the word of the Lord is the best possible composition anyone could post. I know I’ve already said this more than once before, but reading through the Bible cover to cover has been the best choice I’ve ever made. Especially in these incredible times, the Bible has been the anchor, the compass, the plumb bob that has kept me calm and hopeful. Everything is gonna be okay.
So I copied Philippians 2:1-11 (KJV):
“1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Say what? “bowels and mercies?”
I checked out verse one in my New American Standard version. It reads: If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,”
Oh, okay. Despite that distraction, isn’t this passage truly a standalone? Just like the cross, there is nothing that needs to be added to make it more amazing.
3 thoughts on “85. Say What?”
Thanks for bringing the light in a dark world. Saying anything these days seems so important yet is often taken wrong. Lord, have mercy on us and come soon.
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“My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart, Jeremiah 4:19” This is the verse I always refer back to. It’s obvious back when these words were translated to English bowels weren’t associated with poo but with emotions of the heart. This isn’t surprising when you consider we get butterflies in our tummy when we are nervous, we can feel sick with fear and grief can cause us to lose our appetites. Also if you remember the “bowels of the earth” refers to going deeper into the earth (via caves etc) it reflects the depth of the emotion in this verse.
I love your posts. Thank you for continuing to share.
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Thank you for your wonderful comment!