Archive for September, 2005

If you listen to gossip

Monday, September 19th, 2005 at 2:57 pm

We all (should) know that God does not approve of gossip and that we should not participate in it – whether as the one who spreads it or the one who listens to it. However, knowing and doing are two different things – so for those who choose to disobey God and to continue engaging in gossip, here’s a little piece of advice that may help you from causing harm to yourself, to your loved ones, and to your subjects of gossip: don’t believe anything you are told about someone if it is negative unless you hear it from two or more witnesses. And remember, a witness is not someone who heard the same thing that you did. A witness is someone who has first-hand knowledge of the subject. If our courts are smart enough to dismiss testimony that is hearsay, you should also dismiss it.

Having two or more witnesses is also a biblical concept – not just my personal philosophy:

Deuteronomy 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

Matthew 18:15-17 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

2 Corinthians 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

1 Timothy 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.

So please, please, please, I beseech you: before you cause any more strife for my family, my church, or me, think biblically and dismiss anything that is not confirmed by two or more eyewitnesses.

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by gahammerle

Strife

Sunday, September 18th, 2005 at 10:14 pm

James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

Where there is strife, there is every evil work. Is strife in your church? In your home?

  1. Strife leads to

    Separation of friends

    Proverbs 16:28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

  2. Who causes strife?

    1. The Proud

      Proverbs 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

    2. The Angry

      Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

    3. The Wrathful

      Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

    4. The Froward

      Proverbs 16:28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

    5. The Contentious

      Proverbs 26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

    6. The Fleshly

      Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

    7. The Carnal

      1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

  3. How do we get rid of strife?

    1. We should separate from those causing the strife (first mention in Bible)

      Genesis 13:7-9 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. 8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. 9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.

    2. We should be to slow to anger

      Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

      In other words, someone who is slow to get angry can appease strife. Are you slow to get angry? If not, you are not able to appease strife.

    3. We should cast out the scorner

      Proverbs 22:10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

    4. We should get rid of the talebearer

      Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

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by gahammerle

If a brother does you wrong

Friday, September 2nd, 2005 at 8:15 pm

So many times we see someone in church get mad because he or she was mistreated by another in the church. Sometimes, the offended one leaves the church and doesn’t ever resolve the differences. Is that how we should act? Let’s see what the scriptures say.

Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

What should we do when someone mistreats us? Rebuke him. Let the person know. Don’t get mad and leave the church. That just leaves the problem to fester for another day.

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by gahammerle