Dear Precious Believers,
I want to thank Kelly for keeping everything marching onward while I was in Israel. It would have been next to impossible to have posted the thread to you and the one relating to this post in the prayer thread from Israel. Thanks, Sister!
It would be equally not possible nor appropriate to speak of my two weeks in Jordan and Israel other than to say that all believers should go there if they ever have the opportunity. My mind is bogged down with such pertinent information but my Bible reading will never be he same.
You realize, don’t you, that you’ve nearly mastered another chapter? There will be only two more weeks after this and you’ll have Colossians 3 down. I memorized this one a few years back so I am memorizing John 15 along with you so that I’ll complete that when you conclude this third chapter of Colossians. The Israel trip threw havoc into my memorization but I’ll regroup and conclude when you do. It underscored for me, the need of a realistic routine that works for you to get the job done.
Here are the two verses for this week. The first one, as a father of 7 grown children, has been often very convicting for me and even though they are out of the house, they are still my children and I will be held accountable for any ways that I would provoke them. Also, does verse 22 apply to us? The chapter that I am memorizing says that Jesus no longer calls us servants but friends. However, though that is true, we call Him Lord, Master, Father and other such names that speak of His rule in our lives.
Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
Colossians 3:22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. (ESV)
Colossians 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; (KJV)
Fellow saints, we don’t ever realize when the Holy Spirit will speak to our hearts via these verses.