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At first I was a bit taken back and then amused.  There was an elderly lady (someone older than me) in the supermarket with a lip ring and a diamond stud in the side of her nose.  I have gotten used to seeing that in young people but really now – Granny?  I probably should not tell you what text jumped to my mind.  It reveals that I am not such a nice person.  It was Proverbs 11:22, “As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.”

There are some things that just don’t go together.  Ferrari pickup trucks, breeding a Chihuahua with a Great Dane, marrying a Jihadist to a Jew are just a few things that pop into my mind. According to Paul there are a few things that do not go with being a Christian.  He lists them in Galatians 5. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

That is a very depressing list.  So let’s feed our souls with Paul’s list of things that do go along with being a Christian.  It is also in Galatians 5.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”   Now that’s much better.  If things are good let’s think about them.

Written by Roger Bothwell on December 4, 2010

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