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Gangrene

June 10, 2010

Gangrene is the death of tissue—okay pleasant thought for a Thursday morning—though immediately I think of being out in the cold, the skin turns color and dies. (Gangrene is actually a common ailment that has increased significantly mostly due to diabetes and other poor circulation issues.) At the point the tissue starts to die, the effected area changes its appearance, as it rots it smells, and finally all feeling is lost.

In second Timothy 2:14-26 “Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” We read the fact that we can use the Word to benefit God, or to benefit those around or our own interests. We must use the word to spread the message given to us by God, and not use it to vomit agendas or inaccurate beliefs to further someone elses or even our own thoughts.

This is an area of danger, as I am sure we all would agree to this. I am passionate about the Word and have a strong fear of using scriptures inappropriately. I strive to always use the passage before and after a verse to make sure that I am not taking it out of the context that it has been written. Corruption of the Word will lead to death and devaluing the Word. The Word is alive, living and breathing and as we use it, read it, and study it will keep it alive for others to use. If we keep it closed both literally and figuratively, is it allowed to live? To keep everyone from settling into a life without the Word will allow a lack of use and will create poor circulation, which can lead to death of His message and your relationship.

Read it, allow it, and live it out loud.

Mark

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June 10, 2010 - Posted by | Mark |

2 Comments »

  1. Thank you so much for this message! What a blessed reminder.

    Comment by Pam Anshutz | June 10, 2010 | Reply

  2. Dear Mark,

    Thanks for this message. It speaks volumes!!

    Comment by Dee Coleman | June 10, 2010 | Reply


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