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30 May 2009

Spurious Verses?

Spurious: spu⋅ri⋅ous [spyoor-ee-uhs]. 1. not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source; counterfeit.

Okay, maybe we don't think they're spurious, but I've thought of some verses that we don't really believe. At least, I don't think most of us believe them. All (?) Christ-followers say they believe them, but although they sound easy and even child-like, we frequently don't show proof that we think they're for real.

My encouragement to you today is to "Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear" (Philippians 2:12) and have a look at these verses below as great starting points to put that hard work into practice. I've put some of the more overlooked phrases in bold type:

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
- 1 John 4:7-8 (NLT)

"You cannot serve both God and money. That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?"
- Jesus in Matthew 6:24b-25 (NLT)

Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them.
- James 1:9 (NLT)

If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
- James 2:26-27 (NLT)

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
(Ow! that last part is tough...)
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NLT) (Commentary mine) :-)

Have a phenomenal weekend!


Jacob said...

i was mowing the grass today and i was thinking about all of the verses that Christians like to pin up on their walls: "i can do all things through christ" "i know the plans i have for you" "no weapon formed against me shall prosper." THen i was thinking about all the verses people like to ignore. " one claimed anything as his own, they shared everything..." "who ever loses his life more my sake will gain it" as well as some of the ones you listed. That's why God invented hi-lighters, i guess, So we can hi-light the verses we like, and ignore the rest....

Tony M said...

Nice comment, Jacob. "Why God invented hi-lighters"... I like it!

I like Oswald Chamber's perspective on worrying (from the "My Utmost for His Highest" devotional collection; the following is a paraphrase, not a direct quote):

"Worrying is sin: it indicates your lack of trust in God to provide for your needs."

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