Monday, August 27, 2012
What Does The Holy Word Say?
Bible Word Study
WHAT DOES THE HOLY WORD SAY?
"Come now, and let us reason together," says the LORD. Isaiah 1:18
God says our reasoning will lead us to Him. But we must begin with the truth...and the only source of absolute truth on this earth is the Bible.
'Come Now': (Latin kuim'nou ):
1. To advance toward the speaker or toward a specified place; approach
2. To advance in a specified manner
3. To make progress; advance
'Let us Reason' (Greek reu'zn):
1. The capacity for logical, rational, and analytic thought; intelligence
2. An underlying fact or cause that provides logical sense for a premise or occurrence
3. Good judgment; sound sense
'Together' (Greek teu-gr ):
1. In association with or in relationship to one another; mutually or reciprocally
2. By joint or cooperative effort
3. In harmony or accord
What are some of the "invisible attributes" of God?
1 Timothy 6:20
What are some examples in today's society of what we falsely call knowledge?
How does God being called the "Father of lights" mean to you?
The Reasonable Christian
"Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand". (KJV)
"Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near". (NIV)
"Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand". (ESV)
“They will know you by your love.” This saying is often used in the many membered body of Christ as we talk of reaching others for Jesus. This is taken from the famous verse in John 13:35.
A question we need to ask ourselves though is, “What does this love look like?”.
It can be helping those around us, giving to the needy, or just lending an ear to someone as they vent. But, what if showing love meant being a reasonable person in an unreasonable situation? Let's face it. It's difficult to be reasonable when you are dealing with unreasonable people but the Bible says that we must be. All the time. Not just when we feel like it.
The greek word for “reasonable” can also be translated to the word “gentle” with its definition: seemly, equitable, yielding.
Does this sound like you?
Aren’t we called to be strong in our stances and to not bend in what we believe? The answer is yes!! But we can do it in a reasonable manner. Too many times we can be looked at as a hard headed group of people who want argue with everyone we don’t agree with. You know that guy who wants to always argue and is never wrong. I know I am guilty of being one of those people at times. We aren’t going to change people by belittling their views and putting them down. We are going to win them over with love when we reasonably disagree with them and lovingly show them where we differ. Our arguments don’t change people, Jesus changes people.
Have you been a reasonable Christian today?