6. Qualities we need in trying times and beyond
- Quick to hear [a ready listener]3
- Slow to speak
- Slow to take offense and to get angry.3
- Abandon everything morally impure and all forms of wicked conduct.4
- Humbly absorb the implanted word which is able to save our souls.
- Let his Word become like poetry written and fulfilled by your life!4
- Control our tongue.
- Look after orphans and widows.
- Keep oneself unstained by the world.
“Learn to do well.
Relieve the oppressed.
Defend the fatherless.
Plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:17
“Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you took me in. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to me.’” Matthew 25:34-26
Our words can never be a substitute for our behavior. It’s one thing to talk about our faith and another to put it into practice.
7. God’s Word is a mirror.
God’s word is a mirror where we see what needs correction. I heard this example—”When we see toothpaste on our face, we don’t say, ‘that’s very interesting. I’ll make a note of it.'” Of course not! We clean it off and try not to create a mess the next time.
God’s Word reveals our faults. We draw on His strength to put it into practice, and it brings us freedom.
The call is not only to heed what we see and accept the Bible’s corrective instruction, but there is an unwritten lesson here. We should avoid the temptation to see (and judge) others in the Word, analyzing what they do. (Hayford)5
8. Service to others
I’ve served close to home in the past decade.
First, caregiving for my grandchildren while their mother was ill for several years. Second, I added caring for my elderly dad with dementia. Third, my husband had a heart attack, and other health issues.
I’ve also helped elderly neighbors with little tasks they couldn’t do for themselves like pick up yard debris after storms, take their mail up to their door, etc.
We also contribute to a local ministry that provides Christian counseling and training for men as they transition from prison to productive citizen. The ministry provides practical help like a place to live, job search, and transportation.
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My answers, research, and notes for BSF Bible Study Fellowship questions Acts and Letters of the Apostles Lesson 28 Day 3
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