Saturday, April 25, 2015

Cleansed and Made Whole by Words

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Good counsel is essential to our relationships.  Whether it's God or another person, we can't assume our lives are strictly in a vacuum.  And I think we're all aware we don't know everything.  

Our friend Dwight Clough started our present train of thought with a blog post written as a letter to a future possible son-in-law. That combined with an interview with Kristen Bell, where she and her husband shared some interesting insights.  And then there's this gem by Todd Parsons.  While the interview is secular in nature, it brings out some real wisdom that I thought could be nicely sandwiched between two slices of the Bread of Life, as presented by Todd and Dwight.

Todd Parsons starts this non-series off with some thoughts on getting counsel, leaning heavily on Proverbs 20.  Let's see where that takes us.

Prov 20:9  Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Prov 16:6  By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

     It is by counsel only from the LORD that I will know that my heart is clean and pure. For it is against Him to which you and I have sin in our nature, Micah 7:9. He alone with His counsel can say that and proclaim us clean, just as the lepers of the Bible had no self proclamation to state they were clean, but the priests only could do that for them. In Luke 17:12-19, we ten lepers who were cleansed by Jesus Words... One returned to give Him thanks and then Jesus said, "arise and go your way, your faith has made you whole". Hear...His counsel, we will turn to Him and find thanksgiving will arise in you and I, and from our High Priest we will find Him to proclaim us pure, by His mercy and truth...

Prov 20:27  The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

Prov 20:28  Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

Prov 20:30  The blueness of a wound cleanses away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

Isa 53:5  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.

     Of So Great Love, we are, tjp

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