Welcome to The Week In Words, where we share quotes from the last week’s reading. If something you read this past week inspired you, caused you to laugh, cry, think, dream, or just resonated with you in some way, please share it with us, attributing it to its source, which can be a book, newspaper, blog, Facebook — anything that you read. More information is here.
Here are a few that stood out to me this week:
From a friend’s Facebook:
Doubt wonders, “Have I done enough to go to heaven?” Grace answers, “No, you haven’t. But Jesus has on your behalf.”
Seen at Janet‘s:
The gospel…is eternally “relevant” or it’s not good news at all. Our concern is not to “make it relevant,” but to be faithful to its message amidst the whirl of our time.
Seen at Chrysalis‘s Facebook:
If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies. ~Author Unknown
A needed reminder as most of us do not like change, or at least not much of it.
From an Elisabeth Elliot e-mail devotional, taken from the chapter “Nevertheless We Must Run Aground” from the book Love Has a Price Tag.
Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.
From Warren Wiersbe’s With the Word commenting on Proverbs 23:23:
It costs something to live by the truth, but it costs even more to abandon the truth.
I’m hesitant to add one more, and a lengthy one at that, because I have so many already, but I just don’t feel I can leave it off. It made me sit and think for a good while, and even a few days later provided more food for thought. From the September 20 reading of The Invitation by Derick Bingham concerning Peter cutting off the high priest’s servant’s ear and Jesus healing it:
Interesting, isn’t it, that the last act of supernatural healing performed by the Saviour during His earthly ministry was necessary because of the blundering zeal of one of his followers? Don’t you think the Lord is still constantly healing the wounds made on people’s lives and souls by those who ought to know better? There is still plenty of zeal-without-knowledge in the Christian church and it does more harm than good. Of course, we admire Peter’s honest zeal but Malchus didn’t, did he? Be careful you don’t wound someone today by enthusiasm for the Lord that does not come from knowledge of Him.
There are two admonitions from this passage: to be careful of a zeal without knowledge that wounds rather than helping, and, if you have been the victim of such zeal, to go to Jesus for healing rather than forever nursing that wound or letting it fester into a bitter and vitriolic infection.
I hope you’ll visit some of the other participants as well and glean some great thoughts to ponder. And don’t forget to leave a comment here, even if you don’t have any quotes to share!