The Proper Use of Greed and Jealousy


“You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” (John 8: 19)

God’s people speak of heavenly things.  And when they speak so, they speak of things the world is not able to understand.

Just before the Lord spoke the words cited above, he said this:  “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Therefore as you follow the living God in Christ, do not be surprised that you are not received or understood.   But as we speak what is true and faultless, let their lack of understanding be a source of joy. 

We strive to interpret for their benefit.  But understanding must come from the Holy Father.  If anyone wants to understand, let him humble himself before the Living God and ask for wisdom.

We are adopted into a foreign land.  But they remain natives of this place of testing.  We speak the language of the land into which we are adopted.  Let us boldly speak according to the will of God.  Allow God’s power to be displayed in our speech.

We were once native of this place also.  In this, to some extent, we are bilingual.  But our allegiance must be first to the One who calls us home.  It is not profitable to rejoin the rebellious that we may draw them out. 

They speak in the vulgarities of rebellion, and to this alone they understand.  But remember we are cautioned that “it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret”. (Ephesians 5: 12)

Display the beauty that you have received.  Let greed and jealousy do its proper work.

By His Grace

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