You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people. . . .you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. Leviticus 19:16-17
Slander emits a threefold poison, for it injures the teller, the hearer, and the person who is being slandered. Whether the report is true or false, we are by this precept of God's Word forbidden to spread it. The reputations of the Lord's people should be very precious in our sight, and we should regard it as shameful to help the devil dishonor the church and the name of the Lord. Some tongues need a bridle rather than a spur. Many rejoice in putting down their brothers and sisters, as if in doing so they raised themselves. Noah's wise sons cast a covering over their father, and the one who exposed him earned a fearful curse. We may ourselves one of these dark days need leniency and silence from our family; let us offer it cheerfully to those who require it now. Let this be our family motto, and our personal bond: Speak evil of no man.The Holy Spirit, however, permits us to censure sin and prescribes the way in which we are to do it. It must be done by rebuking our brother to his face, not by talking behind his back. This approach is manly, brotherly, Christlike, and under God's blessing will be useful. Do we shy away from it? Then we must lay the greater stress upon our conscience and commit ourselves to the responsibility, in case by tolerating sin in our friend we become partakers of it. Hundreds have been saved from gross sins by the timely, wise, affectionate warnings of faithful friends and family. Our Lord Jesus has set us a gracious example of how to deal with erring friends in His warning given to Peter, the prayer with which He preceded it, and the gentle way in which He endured Peter's boastful denial that he needed such a caution.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Posted by Amy Souza at 3:26 PM
Monday, November 28, 2005
have you ever done something good and nobody knew you did it?
If you have don't tell me about it because......duh, then I would know.
It is so fun. Its like a really cool secret between you and God.
Posted by Amy Souza at 4:37 PM
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Two things I have really been trying to think about these last couple of days.
To not just give them a second thought but really invest myself into thinking on these things.
I thought I would share....
"Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked."
"Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name."
Posted by Amy Souza at 8:36 AM
Sunday, November 13, 2005
there is something mysterious and beautiful about picking a scab.
I just love it.
I always have.
I know its bad for me and it will leave a scar.
I know sometimes I pick it before it's ready.
I don't know why I like the feeling.
I just like picking scabs.
Posted by Amy Souza at 9:51 AM
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
have you ever checked these lyrics out..............awesome!
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Save from wrath and make me pure.
Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.
While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,[originally When my eye-strings break in death]
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,Let me hide myself in Thee.
Posted by Amy Souza at 2:09 PM