“Tell the righteous that it will go well for them. They will be rewarded for what they do*(Lit. Eat the fruitage of their deeds).” (Isaiah 3:10)
At times, in my life, I’ve used multiple sticky note timely reminders… in various conspicuous spots… for needed encouragement/”eyes on the prize” singular focus to keep going!
Please keep going Reader:) never give up in doing the compassionate-appropriate-good-loving thing to do, speak, think… especially when exhausted, tested, persecuted, insulted… discouraged or at the seemingly end of your rope…or rejected by Others and their short-sightedness, immaturity, lack of accurate knowledge, etc.
Wow:) will get my cake, fruit cake -lol… and eat it too…:) Yummy!!
Also, there is counsel, a warning… verse 11: “”Woe to the wicked one! Disaster will befall him, For what his hands have done will be done to him.”
1. Alcohol & drug intoxication… a rip off …not true ecstasy.
2. Smoking/drugging… a rip off… not real air/oxygen…energy.
3. Nationalism…a rip off… not true-united-brotherhood-of-global-fellow-fragile-life seeking the unselfish best interests of all.
4. Fame & Fortune… a rip off… not true friendship nor true security…
“There are companions ready to crush one another; But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” PRO verbs 18:24
“For wisdom is a protection just as money is a protection, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves the life of its owner.” Eccl. 7:12
“The wealth of the rich is his fortified city; It is like a protective wall in his imagination.” PRO verbs 18:11
5. Latest technology… a rip off… IF mostly misused to hurt rather than help/heal…(Or to silence/kill instead of communicating/interacting/living/moving).
6. FAKE Religion/Big Business…Fake Government…Fake Media/Fake mind-food aka fake knowledge/fake leadership…inaccurate/insufficient misinformation/propaganda, no actual evidence, etc….a rip off… not TRUE satisfying spirituality (or leadership) leading aka setting example worthy of imitation/modeling…leading to TRUE peace (and life/longevity eternal).
“One whose appetite is satisfied turns down honey from the comb, But to the hungry, even what is bitter tastes sweet.” PRO verbs 27:7
“And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her (fake religion), my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4
7. War games/violence… a rip off… not a viable solution/resolution to conflict …”those who take up the sword… perish by the sword!”
“Then Jesus said to him: “Return your sword to its place, for all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword.” Matthew 26:52
“As a city broken through, without a wall, is the man who cannot control his temper.” PRO verbs 25:28
(a limited list; e.g., not extensive… obviously;
I’m sure You could think of other rip-offs to add.)
Accurate Knowledge… along with proactive-POSITIVE Psychological tactics/non-combative/”spiritual” warfare…(in my POV) is like non-invasive, bloodless, precise, mind surgery… with better outcomes!… respecting the sacredness/preciousness of life!:)
“By patience a commander is won over, and a gentle (mild) tongue can break a bone.” PRO verbs 25:15
“Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprover to a receptive ear.” PRO verb 25:12
“A mild answer turns away rage, But a harsh word stirs up anger.” PRO verb 15:1
“If your enemy (the one hating you) is hungry, give him bread to eat; If he is thirsty, give him water to drink. For you will be heaping burning coals on his head (that is to soften the person and melt his hardness), and Jehovah (True God of Compassion) will reward you.” PRO verbs 25:22
“Put away from yourselves every kind of malicious bitterness, anger, wrath, screaming, and abusive speech, as well as everything injurious. 32 But become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31, 32
PEACE Reader:)… keep up the fully-awake-wise-fine-fight: Soldier of Compassion!:)
11/04/17 @ 12:00 p.m.
Is a house… truly a home without peace & compassion & agape (unselfish) love??… what about our beautiful planet Earth with all its inhabitants?! (Would You agree?…Each family member aka fellow-fragile-life has a personal responsibility to contribute/maintain/sustain home aka Earth.)
A late afternoon lunch (or early dinner) @ 4:20 p.m….Yummy. I am starting my second cup of Green Tea and second bite of Dark Chocolate! 🙂
(Sorry! to any sensitive Eaters-Readers:) out there (who may be offended by my consuming choices). A girl’s gotta eat, correct? 😉 I eat in moderation when I am hungry and stop when I am full; thus, the late lunch (after physical work) and 2nd cup of tea (the salty mussels made me a little thirsty for more). (Your lunch and dinner is probably more tasty than mine, huh? EnJOY!)
Sip, sip, sip…
My mind is thirsty for more too…How about You?? Again, Sorry! to any sensitive Eaters-Readers:) out there (who may be offended by my mind consuming choices). A girl’s mind has to eat, too, correct? 😉 Thank You for trying some new veggies/tastes.
(Or perhaps, your mind diet requires a spiritual supplement?!)
Bon Appetite!:)… sip, sip, sip…(my green highlights of excerpted points of interest)
“They are no part of the world.”—John 17:16.
People who do not share our faith may feel a special loyalty to their country, tribe, or culture or even to their national sports team. Challenges to such loyalties have resulted in competition and rivalry and, in extreme cases, bloodshed and genocide. The way that people resolve these issues, for better or for worse, might touch us or our families personally because we are inescapably a part of human society. Since God made man with an innate sense of justice, the decisions that human governments make may offend our sense of what is right and fair. (Gen. 1:27; Deut. 32:4) How do we react under such circumstances? It would be all too easy to take sides in worldly issues and be drawn into controversy.
And the easy way… is NOT always the smartest or wisest way, eh?!:)
The institutions that govern human society may pressure citizens to take sides in conflicts that arise. True Christians cannot do so. We do not participate in the political controversies of this world; nor do we take up arms. (Matt. 26:52) We are not swayed by efforts to involve us in exalting any portion of […] world over another. (2 Cor. 2:11) Being no part of the world, we rise above worldly rivalries.—Read John 15:18, 19.
Example of Sage of Peace/Compassion…
If you are ever in doubt as to how you ought to behave in any given situation, it would be wise to ask yourself, ‘What would Jesus have done?’ The nation in which Jesus lived was made up of people from various regions—Judea, Galilee, Samaria, and others. Bible accounts reveal that there were tensions between people of these different areas. (John 4:9) Tensions also existed between Pharisees and Sadducees (Acts 23:6-9), between the people and the tax collectors (Matt. 9:11), and between those who had received a Rabbinic education and those who had not. (John 7:49) In the first century, Israel was ruled by the Romans, whose presence was deeply resented by the local people. While Jesus championed religious truth […], he never encouraged his disciples to foster rivalries. (John 4:22) On the contrary, he urged them to love all men as their neighbor.—Luke 10:27.
Why did Jesus not endorse common Jewish prejudices? Because neither he nor his Father takes sides in this world’s controversies. […]God designed humans in such a way that they could produce different races. Neither Jehovah nor Jesus exalts one race, nationality, or language above another. (Acts 10:34, 35; Rev. 7:9, 13, 14) We must follow their perfect example.—Matt. 5:43-48.
In NO WAY do I want to endorse common prejudices!!!…(i.e. politics, certain controversies exalt one race, nationality or language above others.) That’s partially why I am impartially no part of the world…I stay politically neutral. I love all my fellow-fragile-life-brothers-and-sisters-globally and wish them all PEACE and longevity!! It doesn’t matter what peer-pressure, family-pressure, community-pressure, national-pressure, political-power-struggle-pressure, etc. we can all rise above worldly rivalries! I cannot kill my brother or sister just because they live in another country or speak another language or eat different food!
Sip, sip, sip…
Note how some first-century Christians reacted to one divisive issue that arose within the congregation. Individuals in Corinth were saying: “‘I belong to Paul,’ ‘But I to Apollos,’ ‘But I to Cephas,’ ‘But I to Christ.’” Whatever the underlying issue, the apostle Paul was indignant about its effect. “Is the Christ divided?” he asked. What was the solution to such disruptive thinking? Paul exhorted the Christians: “Now I urge you, brothers, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you should all speak in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you may be completely united in the same mind and in the same line of thought.” Neither should there be divisions of any kind in […] (True) Christian congregation today.—1 Cor. 1:10-13; read Romans 16:17, 18 “Now I urge you, brothers, to keep your eye on those who create divisions and causes for stumbling contrary to the teaching that you have learned, and avoid them For men of that sort are slaves, not of our Lord Christ, but of their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattering speech they seduce the hearts of unsuspecting ones.”
Some of us are being seduced everyday…by the political and religious and big business smooth-talkers, etc. Don’t be an unsuspecting one/pawn doing the mindless bidding of the puppet masters (in their various ego-power struggles/controversies)!
Has your upbringing or environment exposed you to national or regional loyalties? Do any such feelings still linger in your heart? Christians should not allow nationalistic fervor to taint their view of others. But what if you realize that you do have negative thoughts toward people of other nations, cultures, languages, or races? Then it would certainly be profitable to meditate on how Jehovah (True God of Agape/Compassion) views nationalism and prejudice.—Read Romans 12:2And stop being molded by this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. [excerpted reference: Maintain Your Loyalty to God’s Kingdom w 2015]
Questions for Reflections:
Who is molding my mind? This system of things/world.. aka soon to end framework of human society??
Do I have or foster attitude “mine is best” …holding partisan allegiances??
Am I truly FREE…on all levels from: divisive, prideful, competitive practices that dominate today’s hurtful/violent/unloving present world/framework of human society??
PEACE & Unity to YOU:)
Published 10/26/17 @ 6:26 p.m.
P.s. and a FY…i did not finish drinking my 2nd cup of green tea…😉
Do i recycle enough?? Can i consider recycling and reusing objects (never before considered) for the benefit of the whole of humanity and our shared planet home–Earth??!
Stuff studied…A beautiful foretold/predicted future recycling project…(of man-KIND (not man-cruel))…taking massive in quantity and massive in power–killing weapons of various sorts…recycling/reusing/turning objects of harm, hurting, and horror into objects of help, health, and happiness…YIPPPEEEEEEE…YAY, big recycle day!!* (day can be time period longer than 24 hrs.)
“‘Yes, this is coming, and it will be done,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah. ‘This is the day I have spoken about. 9 The inhabitants of the cities of Israel will go out and make fires with the weapons—the bucklers*(or possibly “handpikes,” a weapon with a pointed tip.) and shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs* and lances. And they will use them to light fires for seven years. 10 They will not need to take wood from the field or gather firewood from the forests because they will use the weapons to light fires.’ Ezekiel 39:8-10
In the final part of the days,*(in the last days)
The mountain of the house of Jehovah
Will become firmly established above the top of the mountains,
And it will be raised up above the hills,
And to it all the nations will stream.
3 And many peoples will go and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah,(aka God of Bible; God of Compassion & Agape Love)
To the house of the God of Jacob.
He will instruct us about his ways,
And we will walk in his paths.”
For law*(instruction) will go out of Zion,
And the word of Jehovah out of Jerusalem.
4 He will render judgment among the nations
And set matters straight*(or correct matters) respecting many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning shears.
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
Nor will they learn war anymore. Isaiah 2:2-4
…unfortunately (and maybe against our control/consent), some of us have been instructed/educated in war & weapons…and that war/violence is a so-called legitimate solution to problems.
Fortunately, some of us have been (& will choose to be & will continue to be) instructed/educated in compassion & peace and the pursuit of peace…and that True Agape Love (and “real” government based and ruling in love (e.g. God’s Kingdom) is a viable solution to man-cruel-made problems.
Can’t we all unselfishly come together as Fellow-Fragile-Life and compassionately clean up our lives and our planet…by pursuing peace and recycling stuff that we truly don’t need…i.e. various weapons/things ultimately harming us and Earth?!