Sometimes verse 3:13-3:16 is the last thing u want to hear (as well as the thing you most need to hear).
I'm reminded of Churchill's saying about democracy: he said something like: "Democracy must be the worst system of government anyone could think up - that is, until you have tried all the other systems, then you find democracy isn't so bad as all the others". Or i am reminded of the quote in Charles Dickens's A Tale Of Two Cities: "it was the best of times, and the worst of times". We "live in interesting times".
Sometimes its a matter of "just got to grasp the nettle/take the bull by the horns" as the metaphors say.
The longer you put something off, the harder it gets.
The Bible "tells it like it is".
The flesh just has to be crucified.
Where else do u go?
Interresting notes on the public notes forum strand for these verses (in this follow-on from VOTD 3:13-3:14 early in November).
It reminds me of D & J, the Minister & Assistant Minister in the church i got saved in (thank God for them all at WBC). J had been a teacher before becoming a minister. He used to make allowances for the fact that we Christians are all "on a learning curve" (and sometimes it is a steep learning curve for someone who is trying to learn a lot of new things all at the same time). That explains the door sign on D's office: saying something like: "Christians are not perfect, merely forgiven". That means we are all on a learning curve. Perhaps at different stages, but all "a work in progress".
The best we can expect of anyone is to "walk in the light that he/she has". They (& you) will go on learning throughout time alive on earth (and may also fail/forget some things & have to re-learn/try again). Sometimes progress can be "3 steps forward & 1 step backward", (we don't aim for that, but some level of shortfall happens in practice), but even if that is the case, that is still 2 steps in the right direction. Aim high - an arrow aimed high goes further than one aimed at the ground. Former British Prime Minister Jim Callaghan said something like: "we may not reach the Promised Land, but we keep marching towards it.".We progress towards, but never quite arrive at, perfection, during our whole lives on earth. Only at the other side of the grave have we arrived at perfection, in heaven. (That we do reach, if your name is written in The Lamb's Book Of Life. It is an earthly Promised Land that we may/may not reach during earthly life). The other side of the grave is where perfection is, & where perfection would go if it was found on earth. And He did go there (and waits for us in a mansion with many rooms).
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