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Offline jabcat

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We May Not Know
« on: November 06, 2009, 09:11:27 AM »
We may not know who's struggling.  We may not be able to tell, just from seeing someone's posts on a faceless discussion board.  But we're all flesh and blood.  The one who may be the most cross, the hardest to get along with.  The one who aggravates or hurts us the most.  Or, the one who encourages the most, seems to have the most joy and peace, and you'd just bet that they smile the most.  The one who may appear to have the most knowledge, or wisdom, or love - any of the above could be at any given moment struggling with doubts, fears, confusion - stinging from the fiery darts of satan - battling something either in mind, body, or both, that others just don't realize is there.  One who may confess the highest degree of faith, may be in the quiet still of the night, fearful, doubting, afraid they'll not be able to measure up, hold it together.  Maybe even afraid of losing their faith, battling with their own unbelief.  We may see the side that's trying to overcome, trying to be brave in the face of danger, and  forget that we're all just people.  With similar hurts, fears, damage from the past, feelings of insecurity - feelings of wanting to be loved and accepted - wanting to belong - and wanting to be OK.

I believe God would have us be gentle with each other and live in peace as much as is possible.  I'm often guilty of missing this, not remembering to take it into account when dealing with others.    But as I became a little more aware tonight of our vulnerabilities that are "common to man", I felt like passing along some of these thoughts.

Let's hold each other up in prayer.  We stand only by His grace and strength.

In His love, James.   
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Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.  Heb. 12:2

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Re: We May Not Know
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2009, 09:14:43 AM »
Thank you for the reminder, jabcat.
You are absolutely right.
and we are all brothers and sisters struggling with our own humanness.
It's good to think on this as much as possible so that we DO remain gentle with each other.
Again, thank you.
How humbling.
Peace brother.
"I knelt to drink,
And knew that I was on the brink
Of endless joy. And everywhere
I turned I saw a wonder there."

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

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Re: We May Not Know
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2009, 05:00:01 PM »

  Just read you and Sparrows posts
  Amen to that!  :HeartThrob:
  Thank you for a timely post   Bro James .. 
Amen ,sis  we are all in this together   as the Lord  be willing that we might overcome  .......
 one of my faves
If [there be] therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 

 Phl 2:2   Fulfil ye my joy, that you be likeminded, having the same love, [being] of one accord, of one mind

 Phl 2:3   [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves

 Phl 2:4  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 

 Phl 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus

 Phl 2:6   Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 

 Phl 2:7   But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men

 Phl 2:8   And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.   

 praying for His peace  :HeartThrob:
Jesus is the reward  !!

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Re: We May Not Know
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2009, 08:04:24 PM »
 :cloud9: Amen guys........good posts........ :thumbsup: :HeartThrob:
"I would rather train twenty men to pray, than a thousand to preach; A minister's highest mission ought to be to teach his people to pray." -H. MacGregor

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Re: We May Not Know
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2009, 12:40:46 PM »
Timely and gracious message, James.   :gangel:

Ours is not to make up anybody's mind, but to open hearts.
You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.

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Re: We May Not Know
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2009, 01:49:15 AM »
Thanks Anne.  Appreciate it.
Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.  Heb. 12:2