Can?? IF wanted (to)
and Abel…the so-called good bro; the so-called bad bro
What is the distinction between can? and able?…similar meanings/similar capacities, eh?!
(We are both…can & able or able and can)
Cain…can/could but didn’t! and Abel would/did…
Cain can be good
(choices and delusions, insights and know-hows)
at the mind gym…My more-experienced-in-life Friend, Joyce:)…”JOY” ful, smart, sweet, sassy 80 something year old…whom i deeply respect, admire and love…an amazing positive-capable-example. The spiritual (and other) epitome of Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Worker, Smart Lady…has helped countless people through the years (including my family) these few words cannot adequately sum up her goodness/value/worth on so many exemplary levels.
Yet she shockingly, humbly tells me she’s Cain–we are all Cain. Why? How? “Can” that be Joyce??!
this was her response to me (above-mentioned) after we discussed the following readings/excerpts… (of note: “Yahweh” Hebrew for God’s name..”Jehovah” is the English language equivalent of said name…found 7,000 times in the Bible: (my highlights))
3. Why did Jehovah (aka Yahweh) reach out to Cain, and what did He tell him?
3 Consider the case of Cain. He did not profess to worship any other god but Jehovah. Cain’s worship, however, was not acceptable to God. There were seeds of wickedness growing deep within his heart. (1 John 3:12) Jehovah reached out to Cain and told him: “If you turn to doing good, will you not be restored to favor? But if you do not turn to doing good, sin is crouching at the door, and its craving is to dominate you; but will you get the mastery over it?” (Gen. 4:6, 7) Jehovah was, in effect, telling Cain, “If you repent and take a firm stand on my side, I will, in turn, be on your side.”
4. Given the opportunity to be on Jehovah’s side, what did Cain do?
4 If only Cain would correct his thinking, Jehovah would restore him to favor. But Cain did not listen to the counsel. Wrong thinking and selfish desire led him to wrong actions. (Jas. 1:14, 15) In his youth, Cain may never have imagined that he would take a stand against Jehovah. In time, however, he did the unimaginable—he rebelled against God and killed his own brother!
5. What kind of thinking could cause us to lose Jehovah’s favor?
5 Like Cain, a Christian today could be following the wrong path even while professing to worship Jehovah. (Jude 11) For instance, one could nurture immoral fantasies, greedy thoughts, or hateful feelings toward a fellow Christian. (1 John 2:15-17; 3:15) This thinking can lead to sinful actions. […]. Other humans may not be aware of our thoughts and conduct, but Jehovah sees all things and knows if we are not wholeheartedly on his side.—Read Jeremiah 17:9, 10.
[Who Is On Jehovah’s Side? excerpted reading W July 2018]
my imperfect thoughts about above reading:
a lot of us may think or say “we’re good”… could mean “all set” “good to go”, etc. or “doing good” (our personal definition of good, eh?) …or on the right/correct/logical/reasonable/sensible side of things…history, controversy, religion, knowledge, you name it, etc. We have a “good” education. Yet…we could be fooling ourselves (and Others)…most of us profess something…”good” “right”…
i am no judge…but God/Yahweh/Jehovah…knows; for sure.
And IF all of us openly/humbly accept wise counsel…we become able (or Abel-Like) …aka we don’t kill our Brother…or Others.
Questions for Reflections:
am i on the side of (genuine) good?
am i on God’s good side?
who actually determines “good” ? “bad” ?
am i winning my personal/individual spiritual battle for good?
what can i do?
what am i able to do?
10/04/18 @ 11:58 a.m.
You Dear Reader:)…can…You are Able…((to) BE GOOD) :)…(and so can i)
There is some circulating conjecture (needing clarifying) on “a” scripture: John 1:1.
Please check this excerpted reading out:) (my highlights)
the Word: Or “the Logos.” Greek, ho loʹgos. Here used as a title, it is also used at Joh 1:14 and Re 19:13. John identified the one to whom this title belongs, namely, Jesus. This title was applied to Jesus during his prehuman existence as a spirit creature, during his ministry on earth as a perfect man, and after his exaltation to heaven. Jesus was God’s Word of communication, or Spokesman, for conveying information and instructions to the Creator’s other spirit sons and to humans. So it is reasonable to think that prior to Jesus’ coming to earth, Jehovah communicated with mankind through the Word, His angelic mouthpiece.—Ge 16:7-11; 22:11; 31:11; Ex 3:2-5; Jg 2:1-4; 6:11, 12; 13:3.
with: Lit., “toward.” In this context, the Greek preposition pros implies close proximity and fellowship. It also indicates separate persons, in this case, the Word and the only true God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. (John 1:1)
More scholarly commentary:
the Word was a god: Or “the Word was divine [or, “a godlike one”].” This statement by John describes a quality or characteristic of “the Word” […], that is, Jesus Christ. The Word’s preeminent position as the firstborn Son of God through whom God created all other things is a basis for describing him as “a god; a godlike one; divine; a divine being.” Many translators favor the rendering “the Word was God,” equating him with God Almighty. However, there are good reasons for saying that John did not mean that “the Word” was the same as Almighty God. First, the preceding clause and the following clause both clearly state that “the Word” was “with God.” Also, the Greek word the·osʹ occurs three times in verses 1 and 2. In the first and third occurrences, the·osʹ is preceded by the definite article in Greek; in the second occurrence, there is no article. Many scholars agree that the absence of the definite article before the second the·osʹ is significant. When the article is used in this context, the·osʹ refers to God Almighty. On the other hand, the absence of the article in this grammatical construction makes the·osʹ qualitative in meaning and describes a characteristic of “the Word.” Therefore, a number of Bible translations in English, French, and German render the text in a way similar to the New World Translation, conveying the idea that “the Word” was “a god; divine; a divine being; of divine kind; godlike.” Supporting this view, ancient translations of John’s Gospel into the Sahidic and the Bohairic dialects of the Coptic language, probably produced in the third and fourth centuries C.E., handle the first occurrence of the·osʹ at Joh 1:1 differently from the second occurrence. These renderings highlight a quality of “the Word,” that his nature was like that of God, but they do not equate him with his Father, the almighty God. In harmony with this verse, Col 2:9 describes Christ as having “all the fullness of the divine quality.” And according to 2Pe 1:4, even Christ’s joint heirs would “become sharers in divine nature.” Additionally, in the Septuagint translation, the Greek word the·osʹ is the usual equivalent of the Hebrew words rendered “God,” ʼel and ʼelo·himʹ, which are thought to convey the basic meaning “Mighty One; Strong One.” These Hebrew words are used with reference to the almighty God, other gods, and humans. (See study note on Joh 10:34.) Calling the Word “a god,” or “a mighty one,” would be in line with the prophecy at Isa 9:6, foretelling that the Messiah would be called “Mighty God” (not “Almighty God”) and that he would be the “Eternal Father” of all those privileged to live as his subjects. The zeal of his own Father, “Jehovah of armies,” would accomplish this.—Isa 9:7.
[excerpted readings: “New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, Study Edition, Gems]
and me, this little birdie,…is hummming the “missing” tune from afore-mentioned post:
LOL…this sister, me aka “a” woman, 1 individual of many women on Earth (AND no, i am not a trinity!…i am “a” separate person from my mother and my daughter in case You needed, obvious-logical clarification:))…however, with woman-like qualities who ain’t into twisting scripture. 😉
Lies are worthless and weak…when You do Your own investigative-research and find truth…You just don’t take any lies anymore…You Defend Truth With Truth!:)
There is a muddy sinkhole. There is the right side of the muddy sinkhole. There is the left side of the muddy sinkhole. And, of course, there is the middle of the sinkhole. Is positioning important? Is any perspective, place or position better?! What about the epicenter?
NOPE! YOU’RE STILL IN A DEATH-DEALING SINKHOLE!!! ;( 🙁 🙁
No Matter…doesn’t matter right, left, middle…You’re still stuck in the MUD!…and You’re sinking!!!
People’s thinking and decision-making gets/is muddied…by symptoms/of sick systems of sinkholes.
This world/facade in which we find ourselves…is a system of things inside systems of things operating as sinkholes…through the centuries of man’s time on Earth. Specifically post-Eden.
People get so caught up in fragmented muddy picture of their own existence…and the existence of those the closest to them…that they fail to ascertain/realize/see (because they are blinded—by mud)—that they are mal-functioning in a sinkhole.
The currentframework of entire humansociety is a sinkhole. The significant topography of the sinkhole: political, commercial, and religious elements of this world…are moribund!
Don’t be fooled by the mudslingers and their fake smiles…who ride the top of the mud-wave in white-starchy shirts…whose feet are slipping and sliding…before their imminent crash.
boom! (and who(??) hack the site of seemingly helpless little girl, eh?)…
Let me further explain by a narrative and excerpted readings to help wipe any mud out of Your eyes Dear Worthy Of Real Life Reader:)
You think You know Your Friends??…Do You know Your Enemy?!
(the following excerpt…highlights the Wise-Biblical Precedent of NOT highlighting killers and mass murderers and giving them undue attention and glory/fame and name through media exposure/promotion, etc.)
(my highlights) Read on IF You:) want…to learn something of value aka eye-opening & life-cleaning-saving…that will lift You outta the mind (& other) mud…(FYI: “Yahweh” is the personal name of True Almighty God/Creator (designation found 7,000 times in the Bible), “Jehovah” is the English translation of said name…accepted by many Biblical Scholars.)
E.g., My friends know me by my personal name, joan/ie. (There is nothing objectionable about using a person’s name, right?) It makes sense. Those who have a relationship with me use my name freely. It’s practical, logical to do so. Same with God. We need to specifically distinguish which “God”…we worship, know, have a relationship with or not. There are lots of people. There are lots of gods. God, president, king…job titles…don’t tell me anything about the “specific” person/personality occupying said position of authority.
(Whether we accept certain (higher/superlative) authorities or not…they exist. No matter who You are or where You happen to live…there are taxes and paychecks…and somebody to answer to about something: a boss, a parent, a spouse, a reader? etc.)
Let’s hose off some mud shall we?…Sorry, but the water pressure has to be high/strong/uncomfortable to be effective…OUCH...temporary pain leads to permanent wellness…spiritually speaking for now.
ADAM no doubt knew that serpents cannot talk. So he may have surmised that a spirit creature had spoken with Eve through the serpent. (Gen. 3:1-6) Adam and Eve knew virtually nothing about this spirit. Even so, Adam made a conscious choice to turn his back on his loving heavenly Father and join this stranger in resisting God’s will. (1 Tim. 2:14) Immediately, Jehovah began to reveal information about this enemy who had corrupted Adam and Eve, promising that this wicked one would eventually be destroyed. But Jehovah also warned that for a time, the spirit creature who spoke through the serpent would have the power to oppose those who love God.—Gen. 3:15.
2, 3. Why, apparently, was little said about Satan before the Messiah arrived?
2 In his wisdom, Jehovah has never told us the personal name of the angelic son who rebelled against him. And God chose not to reveal even the descriptive name of that enemy until some 2,500 years after the initial rebellion. (Job 1:6) In fact, only three books of the Hebrew Scriptures, 1 Chronicles, Job, and Zechariah, mention Satan, which means “Resister.” Why was little said about our enemy prior to the arrival of the Messiah?
3 Apparently, Jehovah did not want to give Satan undue prominence by devoting large portions of the Hebrew Scriptures to discussing him and his activity. Jehovah’s primary purpose for inspiring that section of the Scriptures was to identify the Messiah and lead God’s people to him. (Luke 24:44; Gal. 3:24) When that was accomplished and the Messiah arrived, Jehovah used him and his disciples to reveal much of what we know about Satan and the angels who joined him. That is fitting, since it is Jesus and his anointed corulers whom Jehovah will use to crush Satan and his followers.—Rom. 16:20; Rev. 17:14; 20:10.
4. Why should we not be overly anxious about the Devil?
4 The apostle Peter describes Satan the Devil as “a roaring lion,” and John calls him a “serpent” and a “dragon.” (1 Pet. 5:8; Rev. 12:9) But there is no need to be overly anxious about the Devil—his power is limited. (Read James 4:7.) We are backed by Jehovah, Jesus, and the faithful angels. With their help, we can resist our enemy. Still, we need to know the answers to three key questions: What is the extent of Satan’s influence? How does he try to exert that influence on individuals? And what are the limits of his power? As we discuss these questions, we will also consider the lessons we can learn.
5, 6. Why can human governments not bring about the changes mankind needs most?
5 A significant number of angels joined Satan’s rebellion. Prior to the Flood, Satan lured at least some of them into having immoral relations with the daughters of men. The Bible reveals this truth by symbolically portraying the dragon as dragging a third of the stars of heaven with him in his fall. (Gen. 6:1-4; Jude 6; Rev. 12:3, 4) When those angels abandoned God’s family, they put themselves on Satan’s side as opposers of God’s will. These rebels, however, are not just a mob of troublemakers. Satan has set up an imitation of God’s Kingdom, with himself as king. In the invisible realm, Satan has organized the demons into governments, given them authority, and made them world rulers.—Eph. 6:12.
6 By means of his spirit organization, Satan exerts authority over all human governments. That fact was made plain when Satan showed Jesus “all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth” and said: “I will give you all this authority and their glory, because it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.” (Luke 4:5, 6) Despite Satan’s evil influence, many governments do a measure of good for their citizens.And individual rulers may have noble intentions. But no human government or individual ruler is capable of bringing about the changes mankind needs most.—Ps. 146:3, 4; Rev. 12:12.
7. How does Satan use not only governments but also false religion and the commercial system? (See opening picture.)
7 Satan and the demons use not only governments but also false religion and the commercial system to mislead “the entire inhabited earth.” (Rev. 12:9) Through false religion, Satan promotes lies about Jehovah. In addition, the Devil seems determined to make as many people as possible forget God’s name. (Jer. 23:26, 27) As a result, sincere individuals who think that they are worshipping God are deceived into worshipping demons. (1 Cor. 10:20; 2 Cor. 11:13-15) Satan also promotes lies through the commercial system. For example, this system often teaches people that the best way to be happy is to pursue money and gather many possessions. (Prov. 18:11) Those who believe this lie spend their lives serving “Riches” rather than God. (Matt. 6:24) Eventually, their love of material things can choke any love they had for God.—Matt. 13:22; 1 John 2:15, 16.
8, 9. (a) What two lessons may we learn from the accounts about Adam, Eve, and the rebellious angels? (b) What advantage do we gain from knowing the extent of Satan’s influence?
8 The examples of Adam, Eve, and the rebellious angels teach us at least two important lessons. First, there are only two sides, and we must choose one. Either we remain loyal to Jehovah or we place ourselves in Satan’s camp. (Matt. 7:13) Second, those who join Satan receive only limited benefits. Adam and Eve got the opportunity to set their own standards of good and bad, and the demons attained a measure of influence over human governments. (Gen. 3:22) However, the costs always outweigh any seeming benefits that Satan may offer.—Job 21:7-17; Gal. 6:7, 8.
9 What advantage do we gain from knowing the extent of Satan’s influence? It helps us keep a balanced view of secular authorities and motivates us in our witnessing work. We understand that Jehovah wants us to respect governmental authorities. (1 Pet. 2:17) And he expects us to obey the laws of human governments as long as those laws do not conflict with his standards. (Rom. 13:1-4) But we realize that we must remain neutral, never favoring one political party or human leader over another. (John 17:15, 16; 18:36) Because we see what Satan is trying to do to Jehovah’s name and reputation, we feel more compelled to teach others the truth about our God. We proudly bear and use his name, knowing that loving him is far more rewarding than loving money or things.—Isa. 43:10; 1 Tim. 6:6-10.
10-12. (a) How may Satan have used bait to trap his angelic brothers? (b) What lessons do we learn from the fall of many angels?
10 Satan uses effective methods to influence individuals. For example, he uses bait to lure them into doing things his way. Also, he attempts to bully them into submission.
11 Consider how effective Satan was in using bait to trap a large number of his angelic brothers. He must have studied them for a considerable time before luring them into taking sides with him. When at least some of these angels took the bait and had immoral relations with women, they produced a hybrid race that dominated mankind. (Gen. 6:1-4) Perhaps Satan tempted the disloyal angels not only with the opportunity for immoral sex but also with the promise of seizing power over mankind. His purpose may have been to disrupt the arrival of the promised ‘offspring of the woman.’ (Gen. 3:15) In any case, Jehovah ended all such plots by bringing the Flood—a move that thwarted the efforts of Satan and the rebellious angels at that time.
12 What lessons can we learn from this incident? Never underestimate the lure of immorality or the danger of egotism. For aeons, the angels who joined Satan served in the very presence of God. Yet, even in such a good environment, many allowed bad desires to take root and grow. Similarly, we may have served for decades in the earthly part of God’s organization. Yet, even in this spiritually clean environment, unclean desires can take root. (1 Cor. 10:12) How important it is that we constantly search our heart, reject immoral thoughts, and suppress unhealthy pride!—Gal. 5:26; read Colossians 3:5.
13. What is another effective bait that Satan uses, and how can we avoid it?
13 Another effective bait that Satan uses is curiosity about the occult. Today, he promotes interest in the demons not only through false religion but also through the entertainment industry. Movies, electronic games, and other media make spiritism seem exciting. How can we avoid being caught in this trap? We should not expect God’s organization to supply a list of acceptable and unacceptable entertainment. Each of us needs to train his own conscience to be in harmony with God’s standards. (Heb. 5:14) However, we will make wise choices if we apply the apostle Paul’s inspired counsel to let our love for God “be without hypocrisy.” (Rom. 12:9) We could ask ourselves: ‘Will my choice of entertainment make me seem hypocritical? […] The more our speech and actions harmonize, the less likely we are to be caught in Satan’s snares.—1 John 3:18.
15. Can Satan force us to act against our own will? Explain.
15 Satan cannot force people to act against their own will. (Jas. 1:14) Out of ignorance, many work in harmony with Satan’s purpose. But after they learn the truth, each one makes a choice as to whom he or she will serve. (Acts 3:17; 17:30) If we are resolved to do God’s will, there is nothing Satan can do to break our integrity.—Job 2:3; 27:5.
16, 17. (a) What other limitations do Satan and the demons have? (b) Why should we not fear to pray out loud to Jehovah?
16 Satan and the demons have other limitations. For example, nowhere do the Scriptures indicate that they can read the mind or heart of an individual. Only Jehovah and Jesus are spoken of as having that ability. (1 Sam. 16:7; Mark 2:8) What, though, about speaking or praying out loud? Should we fear that the Devil or the demons might hear our prayers and interfere? The answer is no. Why not? We are not afraid to do good works in Jehovah’s service just because the Devil might see us. Likewise, we should not be afraid to pray out loud just because the Devil might hear us. In fact, the Bible contains many examples of God’s servants who prayed out loud, and there is no hint that these ones feared that the Devil would hear them. (1 Ki. 8:22, 23; John 11:41, 42; Acts 4:23, 24) If we do our best to speak and act in harmony with God’s will, we can be confident that Jehovah will not allow the Devil to do us any lasting harm.—Read Psalm 34:7.
17 We need to know our enemy, but we do not need to be terrified by him. With Jehovah’s backing, even imperfect humans can conquer Satan. (1 John 2:14) If we oppose him, he will flee from us. (Jas. 4:7;1 Pet. 5:9) [excerpted reading: 2 May 2018, “Know Your Enemy”]
For me, i accept… simply put: there is the real and there is the imitation. The good is organized. The evil organized. Organizations fall into these two categories of functioning…results positive/life-sustaining; results negative/deadly.
Succinctly speaking…it comes down to life or death.
i choose life!:)
questions for reflections:
will i let my own ignorance sink me??
is my love without hypocrisy??
do i ignorantly support demons??
do i consciously support TRUTH??
am i living the truth??
am i die-ing… lies??
who’s ultimate authority do i accept in my life??
do i support Yahweh’s earthly organization??
how do i lift myself out of the mud??
who’s example do i follow??
am i filling my spiritual need with occult poison/junk food??
am i reading the Bible daily??
what organization on earth follows primitive/(untainted/uncorrupted) Christianity as found outlined/exemplified in the Bible??
am i letting myself be bullied by muddy bullies??
am i staying mud-free aka blood-free by remaining politically neutral in thinking, speech, and actions??
Satan’s schemes are the tricks and methods he uses as he tries to break our loyalty to Jehovah. For example, he uses immorality, curiosity about the supernatural, and fear.
The Greek “e’leos” “ἔλεος”…verb: “elee’o” (The English: “mercy”)
The Chinese/Mandarin: 怜悯 “lián min” (“mercy”)
The French: “la miséricorde divine” (“divine mercy”)
According to lexicographer Gesenius: “The primary idea seems to lie in cherishing, soothing, and in a gentle emotion of mind.” (A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament, translated by E. Robinson, 1836, p. 939) The term is closely related to the word for “womb” or can refer to “bowels,” which are affected when one feels warm and tender sympathy or pity.—Compare Isa 63:15, 16; Jer 31:20.
In the Scriptures ra·chamʹ is used only once by man toward God, the psalmist saying: “I shall have affection [form of ra·chamʹ] for you, O Jehovah my strength.” (Ps 18:1) Between humans, Joseph displayed this quality when “his inward emotions [form of ra·chamimʹ] were excited” toward his brother Benjamin and he gave way to tears. (Ge 43:29, 30; compare 1Ki 3:25, 26.) When people were subjected to the possibility of being dealt with harshly or unfeelingly by captors (1Ki 8:50; Jer 42:10-12) or by officials of superior authority (Ge 43:14; Ne 1:11; Da 1:9), they desired and prayed to become objects of pity or mercy before such ones, hence, to be treated with favor, gentleness, consideration.—Contrast Isa 13:17, 18. [my purple highlights of excerpts “Mercy” Insight, vol. 2]
I LOVE that description…”gentle emotion of mind.” …”soothing” “cherishing”… generously gentle of mind = ready to freely forgive 🙂 🙂 🙂
Mercy then, most frequently refers, not to a negative action, a holding back (as of punishment), but to a positive action, to an expression of kind consideration or pity that brings relief to those who are disadvantaged, in need of mercy.
This is well illustrated in Jesus’ parable of the Samaritan who saw the traveler lying by the roadside, robbed and beaten. He showed himself “neighbor” to the man because, moved with pity, he “acted mercifully toward him,” treating his wounds and caring for him. (Lu 10:29-37) No forgiveness of wrongdoing or judicial proceedings were involved.
Hence, the Scriptures show that the mercifulness of Jehovah God is not a quality that comes into play only when persons are, in effect, “on trial” before him because of having committed some particular wrong. Rather, it is a characteristic quality of God’s personality, his normal way of reacting toward those in need, a facet of his love. (2Co 1:3; 1Jo 4:8) He is not like the false gods of the nations—unfeeling, noncompassionate gods. Instead, “Jehovah is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and great in loving-kindness. Jehovah is good to all, and his mercies are over all his works.” (Ps 145:8, 9; compare Ps 25:8; 104:14, 15, 20-28; Mt 5:45-48; Ac 14:15-17.) He is “rich in mercy,” and the wisdom proceeding from him is “full of mercy.” (Eph 2:4; Jas 3:17) His Son, who revealed what his Father is like (Joh 1:18), showed this by his own personality, speech, and acts. When crowds came out to hear him, and even before seeing their reaction to what he would say, Jesus was “moved with pity [form of splag·khniʹzo·mai]” because they were “skinned and thrown about like sheep without a shepherd.”—Mr 6:34; Mt 9:36; compare Mt 14:14; 15:32.
Mankind’s need. Obviously, mankind’s basic and greatest disability comes from sin, inherited from their forefather Adam. Thus, all are in dire need, in a pitiable state. Jehovah God has acted mercifully toward mankind as a whole by providing the means for them to become free from this great disability and its consequences of sickness and death. (Mt 20:28; Tit 3:4-7; 1Jo 2:2) As a merciful God, he exercises patience because “he does not desire any to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance.” (2Pe 3:9) Jehovah is desirous of doing good toward all, he prefers this (compare Isa 30:18, 19), he finds ‘no delight in the death of the wicked,’ and “not out of his own heart has he afflicted or does he grieve the sons of men,” as in the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem. (Eze 33:11; La 3:31-33) It is the hardheartedness of persons, their obstinacy and refusal to respond to his graciousness and mercifulness, that obliges him to take a different course toward them, causes his mercies to be “shut off” from flowing toward them.—Ps 77:9; Jer 13:10, 14; Isa 13:9; Ro 2:4-11. [my purple highlights of excerpts “Mercy” Insight, vol. 2]
Divine mercy enables all of us-disabled-fellow-fragile-life!🙂
Working with mercy…
Warning about a characteristic that works against mercy and “the kingly law” of love, James wrote: “If you continue showing favoritism, you are working a sin, for you are reproved by the law as transgressors.” (James 2:8, 9) Showing undue favor to the materially rich or to those having prominence can make us less sensitive to “the complaining cry of the lowly one.” (Proverbs 21:13) Favoritism stifles a merciful spirit. We practice mercy by treating others impartially.
Concerning the tongue, James said: “An unruly injurious thing, it is full of death-dealing poison. With it we bless Jehovah, even the Father, and yet with it we curse men who have come into existence ‘in the likeness of God.’ Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing.” In this context, James added: “If you have bitter jealousy and contentiousness in your hearts, do not be bragging and lying against the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is the earthly, animal, demonic. For where jealousy and contentiousness are, there disorder and every vile thing are. But the wisdom from above is first of all chaste, then peaceable, reasonable, ready to obey, full of mercy and good fruits, not making partial distinctions, not hypocritical.”—James 3:8-10a, 14-17.
11. How can we be merciful in the use of our tongue?
11 Hence, the way we use our tongue is an indication of whether we have the wisdom that is “full of mercy.” What if because of jealousy or contentiousness we were to boast, lie, or spread harmful gossip? Psalm 94:4 states: “All the practicers of what is hurtful keep bragging about themselves.” And how quickly injurious talk can damage an innocent one’s good reputation! (Psalm 64:2-4) Moreover, think of the harm that can be done by “a false witness [who] launches forth mere lies.” (Proverbs 14:5; 1 Kings 21:7-13) After discussing the misuse of the tongue, James says: “It is not proper, my brothers, for these things to go on occurring this way.” (James 3:10b) True mercy requires that we use our tongue in a chaste, peaceable, and reasonable way. Jesus said: “I tell you that every unprofitable saying that men speak, they will render an account concerning it on Judgment Day.” (Matthew 12:36) How important it is that we be merciful in the use of our tongue!
Freely giving what is inside… us…:) (what am i full of? lol;)…bologna(baloney)?? hot air?? -lol:))
Why should we work to increase the influence that mercy has on our lives?
18 “Give as gifts of mercy the things that are inside,” said Jesus. (Luke 11:41) For a good deed to be an act of true mercy, it must be a gift that comes from inside—from a loving and willing heart. (2 Corinthians 9:7) In a world where harshness, selfishness, and a lack of concern about the suffering and problems of others are the norm, how refreshing such mercy is! [above excerpts Practice Mercy–How? W 07]
A living “proof” — depth of a full love… is a full forgiveness…:)… (and may be a shoulder to cry on;))
The Greek eʹle·os conveys some of the sense of the Hebrew ra·chamimʹ. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words says: “ELEOS (ἔλεος) ‘is the outward manifestation of pity; it assumes need on the part of him who receives it, and resources adequate to meet the need on the part of him who shows it.’” The verb (e·le·eʹo) generally conveys the idea of feeling “sympathy with the misery of another, and especially sympathy manifested in act.” (1981, Vol. 3, pp. 60, 61) Hence, the blind, the demon-possessed, the leprous, or those whose children were afflicted were among those who evoked eʹle·os, the expression of mercy, pity. (Mt 9:27; 15:22;17:15; Mr 5:18, 19; Lu 17:12, 13) In response to the plea, “Have mercy on us,” Jesus performed miracles relieving such ones. He did so, not in a routine, apathetic way, but “moved with pity” (Mt 20:31, 34), the Gospel writer here using a form of the verb splag·khniʹzo·mai, which is related to splagʹkhna,literally meaning “intestines.” (Ac 1:18) This verb expresses the feeling of pity, whereas eʹle·os refers to the active manifestation of such pity, hence an act of mercy. [my purple highlights of excerpts “Mercy” Insight, vol. 2]
being moved/moving = active manifestation…(of mercy)
question for reflection:
what’s moving me??
i’ve just updated the missing music…from post linked “proof” btw.