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"David ... is convicted and confesses and repents: 'Blessed is he who transgression is forgiven, who sin is covered' (Psalm 32:1). It could be read like a cold theological declaration from a list of doctrines, but in fact it was a gasp of relief: 'Oh the blessedness of realizing that your black sin is covered and forgiven.'

Then he adds by way of a condition, '... in whose spirit is no guile.' That is something utterly crucial. David knew that his guile had been a barrier to pardon, an impediment to peace, an obstruction on the road to reformation. It keeps the prison shut - it is an iron bar, a lock with only one key. Strangely the key is in the hand of the prisoner. The key is this - quit the hypocrisy, stop the window dressing, open the heart and make the confession.

Soon after his baptism Jesus is calling and collecting his apostles, and sees a man named Nathanael, from Cana in Galilee. This man is measured by Jesus in these words: 'Behold an Israelite indeed'. To be a true Israelite is good, to be an Israelite indeed is superlative. How would we measure an Israelite indeed? A Hebrew of the Hebrews, blameless under the law? Someone rich in faith, mastered by the Hope of Israel? A son of Abraham, looking for the consolation of Israel and loyal to its brotherhood? All these are valid and true, but the King's measurement was this: 'in whom is no guile' (John 1:47). When all the forces of faith, hope and loyalty have been marked, this, in the mind of the King, was the final qualification.

The day came when one of these apostles was impelled by the Spirit to give an estimate of his Master's life in these words, 'Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth'. What came to be a high mark in the life of this sinless man from Nazareth, he once saw latently in an unknown man from Cana. Later on, when the man of Galilee makes water into wine, the guileless man from Cana will know that, uniquely, some good thing has come out of Nazareth, and he will confess it guilelessly.

In Revelation 14 there is a vision of the glorified saints standing on mount Zion, singing the new song before the throne of the Lamb. They are described as those who are 'redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb' (verse 4). It is God-manifestation in multiplicity; it is life eternal; it is the final triumph of the Lamb, the unveiling of the Redeemer's redemption in one glorious throng. It is the place where every true disciple longs to come at last: 'And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God' (verse 5). Nobody in his right mind can lightly pass over this assessment of faithfulness, but let Peter turn it into exhortation:

"For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile" (1 Peter 3:10).

Brother Dennis Gillett

December 9, 2010 at 11:43 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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"Render not evil for evil, if they call you names, do not abuse back. On the contrary, bless one another, that you may acquire the blessings which you were called for. For who loves life and wants to enjoy happy days will restrains his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. "(1 Peter 3:9-10)

"But these people revile what they do not understand, and what they, with the instinct of brute animals, understand is their downfall." (Jude 1:10)

In his first letter Peter warns us against the sin of the tongue. Slander, deceit, doubble-tongue speaking. In the Books is stated that those who want to be alive and happy, have to keep their tongue in control and may not let lie come over their lips. We must guard our tongues to bring those things that bring lie. “Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking guile.” (Psalm 34:13) Slander and gossip are for many people a fun activity, but we as Christians are not to join. By gossiping, we can offend people and we can bring people to the wrong thoughts. Often people use gossip for things like frustration, of to shake off. It is also often used for the purpose to shift bullying to another.

If we love life and want to look for an eternal life we must distance ourselves from slander. We must avoid working us in problems through saying or to do bad things. Even though we are surrounded by people who have one bad for another, we should always try to be friendly and humble. We can not entertain suspicion or not repay evil with evil. If someone offends us or reviles us, we should try to catch this friendly and say nothing nasty back, but wish him every success. We must be kind to others, God will bless us. “not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but contrariwise blessing; for hereunto were ye called, that ye should inherit a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:9 ASV)

The bottom line is that we always manage to keep a good conscience, not only by keeping our thoughts pure, but also by suppressing our talk. And we must not stand for it to repay evil with evil, even though we are abused, or spoken evil about us. We can better refute the good example and to prove the contrary by our proper attitude. The peace we must pursue and exercise justice but not retribution. " Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; looking for peace, seeking to conquer it. The Lord looks angrily at the troublemakers, to cut off their memory and to extinct their survival on earth. The eyes of Jehovah are toward the righteous and his ears are [open] unto their cry . They [The righteous] cried, and Jehovah heard and the Lord gave their answer, he has redeemed them from their needs. "(Psalm 34:13-17)" Strive for peace with all men, and to a holy life, for without it no man shall see the Lord. "(Hebrews 12:14 WV78T )

In Jesus Christ we have redemption and we got an example how we got to bear the burden of humiliation and curse. Through Jesus death, we come to a new life and we should prove it. Without mercy our Christian life is nothing. Jesus' example must be our standard, but also our strength. To those who hurt us with the tongue, we must ensure forgiving. We must approach them helpful. We must always remember that not all people can have the same thinking and not to the same pursuit. Indeed to be of one spirit is one of the hardest things here on earth. If people do not like us because our idea is not consistent with theirs we should able to see over it. If others are frustrated by our attitude or about how we think we should approach them with pity and merciful. "Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with the weeping." (Romans 12:15) "When one member suffers, all parts of the limbs suffer, if one member is honoured, all share the joy." (1 Corinthians 12: 26) "Be good to each other and warm tender-hearted. Forgive one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. "(Ephesians 4:32) “ And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. ... "For if you forgive men their faults or trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you "(Matthew 6:12,14) Forgiveness must come first on our lips and a loving approach. And if we still are being defied we should think it is better to temporarily go through quite a lot on earth, then to miss our opportunities for an everlasting happiness. "How much better is it, God willing, to suffer for the good that one does than to undergo punishment for crimes." (1 Peter 3:17)

Avoiding evil will save us further harm. "Put on therefore, as God's holy and chosen beloved elect, tender mercies, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." (Colossencian 3:12) Doing good then can bring other good things over us. Doing good should do well for us and bring more joy and satisfaction as well shall it assure a better future. We can look forward to a world of peace where hatred and envy be banished. Our eyes must always focus on the Kingdom of God where full peace, kindness and love will prevail.

December 9, 2010 at 11:53 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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