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Monday, July 22, 2013

Only God Knows When The Ending is Coming

Matthew 24 (KJV)
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.



36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Matthew 6 (KJV)

1 Take heed that ye do not your alms (charity) before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest thine (charity) alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms (charity), let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4 That thine alms (charity) may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Whenever you do any act of kindness, charity or such, do it from your heart. Let it be between you and God. Don't announce what you did or what you are going to do....when you do that you are looking for man's approval. Keep it between you and God. Do it anomalously. ~ Karmen



5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.


Practicing righteousness according to the Bible and Catholicism are not the same.  Those who practice Catholicism go into a confessional (closet like small room) to pray to man to ask for forgiveness.  Read what Jesus says about praying to God.  

Look carefully at verse 6.  What religion do you know of that has you sit in a closet like room to confess your sins?  The Catholic church.  That act is an abomination to God.  Again, another way the Pharisees to get back at Jesus. The only mediator between us and God is Jesus.  Not Mary (Jesus' mother) nor a Priest (a sinful man like the rest of us). ~ Karmen





9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed (honor as holy) be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

With money, never had too much myself, to get too crazy....I do have debt to pay off , which I keep forgetting to ask God to forgive me for in my prayers.  Please don't forget to ask God to forgive you for your debts...and remember to forgive those who owe you too. ~ Karmen





16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance (a person's face or facial expression.): for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Fasting should be between you and God only.  Make sure you keep yourself up during this time.  Meaning your face may appear to look a bit off, keep it moisturized and healthy looking.  If you have to exfoliate do that.  Also, keep your breath fresh. Chew on some parsley, mint, ginger.  You can also freshen it with ACV (Bragg's raw).  When fasting your body releases toxins which is so beneficial to your body and spirit.  During this time your brain cells increase and with that happening you become more in tune with your spirit.  You will find yourself leaning more to the Holy Spirit rather than your emotions.  Very rewarding!  You will see growth and change in your spiritual abilities.  ~ Karmen





19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

You should be able to walk away from all that you own if a catastrophe should happen. Can you do that?  If not, mentally prepare yourself now.  It would be hard for me to walk away from anything that I spent a paycheck on, so I don't make those type of purchases.  Am not speaking on a car or a home, although we will be faced with that in the end times...am talking about modern technology, furniture, things, etc.....No wonder so many of us are in debt.  We live beyond our means (false prosperity) and we are not living the way God instructs us to (basic needs being met) - Basic Needs Timothy 6 (KJV).  ~ Karmen







22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
A lot of us have the gift to see a person's soul through their eyes...whether they are evil or not. ~ Karmen




24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (money).

Church:  Spiritual Prosperity or Financial Prosperity?  Can't be both.  Choose one or the other.  The latter, you are not serving God. ~ Karmen








25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?



27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?




28 And why take ye thought for raiment (clothes)? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?



31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?




32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.




33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.


Seek to please God by continuing to practice righteousness and all your earthly needs such as food, clothes and shelter God will bless you with.  Have faith; Easier said than done, but we can't please God without it. ~ Karmen






34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Jesus' 12 Disciples Will Judge The 12 Tribes of Israel

Matthew 19 (KJV)
28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.




The twelve tribes are as follows: Reuben, Simeon, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Ephraim and Manasseh.


Galatians 3 (KJV)

1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched (possessed) you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.




10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.




13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:




15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.




19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.




23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.




26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.




27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.




28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Pharisees



Phar·i·see  [far-uh-see]

noun
1.
a member of a Jewish sect that flourished during the 1st century b.c. and 1st century a.d. and that differed from the Sadducees chiefly in its strict observance of religious ceremonies and practices, adherence to oral laws and traditions, and belief in an afterlife and the coming of a Messiah.
2.
( lowercase ) a sanctimonious, self-righteous, or hypocritical person.


A Pharisee is basically someone who does not practice what they preach, but hold everyone else accountable in practicing what they preach.  Blasphemers.


Pharisees Trying to Trip Up Jesus
Matthew 22
15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.


Matthew 23 (KJV)

1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
(Pharisees talk about the law, but don't practice it)
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

Phylactery on wrist.

5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries (Phylactery may refer to: An amulet or charm, worn for its magical or supernatural power; A speech scroll in mediaeval art, which contains or represents speech), and enlarge the borders of their garments,
6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
8 But be not ye called Rabbi ("My Master" which is the way a student would address a master of Torah.  "great one".) : for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte (a new convert), and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.
19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?
20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.
21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.
22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres (a small room or monument, cut in rock or built of stone, in which a dead person is laid or buried.), which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres (a small room or monument, cut in rock or built of stone, in which a dead person is laid or buried.) of the righteous,

30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate {(of a place) deserted of people and in a state of bleak and dismal emptiness.}.
39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.


John 12 (KJV)
42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.


Acts 5 (KJV)

32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;
35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.
36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.
37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

See Gamaliel

40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased (discontinued the idea)  not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

Luke 6 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.
2 And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?
3 And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him;

4 How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?

5 And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

6 And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.
7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.
8 But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.
9 Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?
10 And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
11 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.





Mark 12 (KJV) 

38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,
39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:
40 Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence (play-acting) make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.


What does the Bible say about: WHAT MEATS TO EAT / Also, NOT EATING MEAT - VEGETARIAN



BEFORE I SAY ANYTHING, ONE THING I NEED TO BE GRATEFUL FOR MORE THAN ANYTHING IS THE GIFT OF BEING A THINKER....ALSO, FOR GOD GIVING ME GRACE AND THE CHANCE TO CHANGE MY MIND AGAIN AND AGAIN SO HE CAN FIND FAVOR IN ME AND I CAN LIVE THE LIFE I AM SUPPOSE TO LIVE

Came across this scripture in the Bible. Tell me what you think...Have been a veg and something in me told me to revisit Leviticus (been familiar with it before)on what foods to eat and not to eat...My mom raised my siblings and I that way...Anyhow in revisiting the book, I also came upon this in the Bible -

1 Timothy 4
1Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

If we look at what is going on with people today in the public's eyes (In particular, celebrities) they practice verse 3...Basically for me I abstained from meat to focus more on vegetables and to keep my figure intact....Which I really was doing well on....Did not become a vegetarian out of fad or for the love of animals....When I first became one I did feel much better and looked much better (glow)....still though I lack iron and b6 regardless if I am a meat eater or not....and once I stopped eating meat, I became more anemic. So my doctor asked me to add meat back into my diet...that was in 07....now this year I embraced veg again..and when I came across the 1Tim 4:3, I was blown back....So am adjusting my eating...Meat is needed in the diet....too much of anything is not good (debauchery)...So much to speak on this...any how thought I would share this scripture with those who are reading. Could go on eating veg and fruit for one week only..and then the next week focus on fish....and then the next red meat....


Leviticus 11
 1And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them,
 2Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.
 3Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.
 4Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
 5And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
 6And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
 7And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.
 8Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.
 9These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.
 10And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
 11They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.
 12Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.
 13And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,
 14And the vulture, and the kite after his kind;
 15Every raven after his kind;
 16And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind,
 17And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,
 18And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle,
 19And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.
 20All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you.
 21Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth;
 22Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.
 23But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you.
 24And for these ye shall be unclean: whosoever toucheth the carcase of them shall be unclean until the even.
 25And whosoever beareth ought of the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.
 26The carcases of every beast which divideth the hoof, and is not clovenfooted, nor cheweth the cud, are unclean unto you: every one that toucheth them shall be unclean.
 27And whatsoever goeth upon his paws, among all manner of beasts that go on all four, those are unclean unto you: whoso toucheth their carcase shall be unclean until the even.
 28And he that beareth the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: they are unclean unto you.
 29These also shall be unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth; the weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind,
 30And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole.
 31These are unclean to you among all that creep: whosoever doth touch them, when they be dead, shall be unclean until the even.
 32And upon whatsoever any of them, when they are dead, doth fall, it shall be unclean; whether it be any vessel of wood, or raiment, or skin, or sack, whatsoever vessel it be, wherein any work is done, it must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the even; so it shall be cleansed.
 33And every earthen vessel, whereinto any of them falleth, whatsoever is in it shall be unclean; and ye shall break it.
 34Of all meat which may be eaten, that on which such water cometh shall be unclean: and all drink that may be drunk in every such vessel shall be unclean.
 35And every thing whereupon any part of their carcase falleth shall be unclean; whether it be oven, or ranges for pots, they shall be broken down: for they are unclean and shall be unclean unto you.
 36Nevertheless a fountain or pit, wherein there is plenty of water, shall be clean: but that which toucheth their carcase shall be unclean.
 37And if any part of their carcase fall upon any sowing seed which is to be sown, it shall be clean.
 38But if any water be put upon the seed, and any part of their carcase fall thereon, it shall be unclean unto you.
 39And if any beast, of which ye may eat, die; he that toucheth the carcase thereof shall be unclean until the even.
 40And he that eateth of the carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: he also that beareth the carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.
 41And every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth shall be an abomination; it shall not be eaten.
 42Whatsoever goeth upon the belly, and whatsoever goeth upon all four, or whatsoever hath more feet among all creeping things that creep upon the earth, them ye shall not eat; for they are an abomination.
 43Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creepeth, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby.
 44For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
 45For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
 46This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth:
 47To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.

Sarcasm, what it means really. Also, what the Bible says about it.

Sarcasm is the use of sharp, cutting remarks or language intended to mock, wound, or subject to contempt or ridicule.

When I look at it using a thesaurus this is what I get:

acrimony, aspersion, banter, bitterness, burlesque, censure, comeback, contempt, criticism, cut*, cynicism, derision, dig*, disparagement, invective, irony, mockery, put-down*, raillery, rancor, ridicule, satire, scorn, sneering, wisecrack, causticness, corrosiveness, flouting, lampooning, mordancy, scoffing, sharpness, superciliousness







Psalm 52 (KJV)
2 The tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.


4 Thou lovest all devouring (destroying, annihilating) words, O thou deceitful tongue.


BITTERNESS

Ephesians 4 (New International Version)







Ephesians 4
25Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 
31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 
32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


James 3
9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness.
10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 
11Can both fresh water and salt[a] water flow from the same spring? 
12My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.

16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 
18Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.



MOCKERY

Galatians 6
7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 
8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[a]will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Didn't know this, but it comes from the ancient Greek σαρκάζω (sarkazo) meaning 'to tear flesh' but the ancient Greek word for the rhetorical concept of taunting was instead χλευασμός (chleyasmόs). Sarcasm appears several times in the Old Testament


Hey many times I have used this word myself. Thinking it would clean up a comment that was not received so well. Although I and many may proclaim it was just used in a form of wit, I beg to differ.


If you look at the meaning of Sarcasm, we do use it for what we meant. Have no problem admitting that I myself was thinking just as it was defined.


Don't like that about myself. This past week Michael Jackson died. Was appalled at the remarks and comments that was made about his life. Some by people that I know practice Christianity. Comments like "people die everyday, what's the big deal", "i was just being sarcastic about the comments I made about Michael Jackson, can't you take a joke." Basically, "what is all the hoopla about?"


Of course I ran to defend him. Not as him being an entertainer, but a human being. Who would want those kind of remarks made about them after they pass. Or about their loved ones. It was cruel and insensitive.


Sarcasm will always be used, but please reconsider using it. What are your intentions? We are suppose to build each other up. Doesn't mean we can't joke with each other...just what are your intentions?



Imitating Christ's Humility

Philippians 2

1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 
2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 
3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 
4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Remember Cain's response "Am I my brother's keeper?" Genesis 4

So what should we practice? civility, courtesy, diplomacy, flattery, kindness, politeness, sweetness, commendation, praise


PRAISE AND KINDNESS


Galatians 5
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 
24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 
26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Rules for Holy Living

Colossians 3
8But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 
9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 
10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
12Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 
13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 
14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 
16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 
17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

2 Peter 1

5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;
6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 
7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 
8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 
11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Philippians 4

8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
 

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