Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

The Cure for Our Envy

A friend sent a text to share with me about an amazing restaurant she went to. She described the wonderful meal she enjoyed and included a photo. I began to text back, “I’m so jealous!” but paused, then hit delete and changed it to “I’m so envious!” before hitting “Send.” Jealousy vs. Envy Jealousy and envy. They are two words that I’ve often used interchangeably. Whether I admired a friend’s new purchase from the mall, compared my rambunctious children to a friend’s well-behaved children, or wished my ministry was as successful as another’s, I’ve often considered my responses to be a form of jealousy. But they are not. You might think, “What does it even matter?” Let me first say that I’m not part of the police squad for how we use the English language. This isn’t just a matter of semantics. There is a subtle, yet real difference between jealousy and envy and it’s a difference that matters to us spiritually. When we understand the difference, it helps us better identify and repent of the sin in our lives. But more importantly, knowing the difference helps us understand the love of Jesus who has saved us. But first, let’s look at jealousy. In his book Respectable Sins, Jerry Bridges defines jealousy as “intolerance of rivalry” (149). A common reason for jealousy might be if someone were to try...

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Exposition of Ruth 4:16-22

In this post, we will work our way through Ruth 4:16-22. We will be utilizing the Complete Jewish Bible translation unless otherwise noted. Ruth 4:16-22, “16 Na’omi took the child, laid it on her breast and became its nurse. 17 The women who were her neighbors gave it a name; they said, “A son has been born to Na’omi,” and called it ‘Oved. He was the father of Yishai the father of David. 18 Here is the genealogy of Peretz. Peretz was the father of Hetzron, 19 Hetzron was the father of Ram, Ram was the father of ‘Amminadav,...

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Living Within The Limits To The Limit

Ecclesiastes 8:1–15 In this fallen world always and everywhere, the political maze is not only difficult, but also dark. Ecclesiastes 8:1-15 paints a bleak portrait of politics and people. The picture of the king in verses 2-4 is dim. “He does whatever he pleases” (v.3), even if his power sustains or promotes evil, and even if his power hurts others (v.9). Nor does he seem to be open to suggestions or corrections (v.4). But the picture of his subjects isn’t’ much brighter. In verse 10 we read that “the wicked.. used to go in and out of the holy...

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Reconciliation from Hurtful Words

“Wisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city. Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others (Ecc. 7:19-22).” We live in a world, where it is tempting to care more about what others think or say concerning us. It affects us in our varying roles, whether it is our community of faithful friends, parenting, our...

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Three Keys to Godly Friendship

The story of David and Jonathan has always struck me as intriguing. David was a boy from “Nowheresville”, Israel. He was chosen as a shepherd of sheep to be transformed by God into a Shepherd of the Lord’s People (1 Samuel 16:1-13). Acts 13:22 describes him as a man after God’s own heart. And then there was Jonathan, one of Saul’s sons—a mighty man of valor and likely the heir to the throne. Yet, what makes this story truly amazing is that Jonathan loved and cared for David like a brother. He wasn’t like Job’s friends, who were cynical...

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