Updated: Dec 13, 2022
I was listening to a Christian rap song and there was a cuss word in it (gasp!). The Pharisees in the comment section came out in full force.
So I was was just thinking back to some scripture where Jesus was pretty frank about how He felt about certain folks and issues. I'm not encouraging followers of Christ to go around cussing. Not at all. All I'm saying is work out your own salvation with fear and trembling and don't be a stumbling block to those who are not as "upstanding" as you are.
God uses all kinds of people to spit the truth.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
There is not one of us that gets everything 100% right 100% of the time. That's why you test for the spirit of truth.
Link to full article: When Jesus Cussed
I believe Jesus "cussed" a few times to get His point across when he walked the earth, especially when He saw what the religious people were saying and doing to others. There may not be any four letter words said, but believe you me, Jesus gave them what we would call a “coming to Jesus talk” here in the South.
For just a minute, put aside that mild mannered image of Jesus. Hear what he said to the most educated religious persons in his day.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. 28So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” (Matthew 23: 27-28)
When Jesus looks you in the eye and tells you that you are in a heap of trouble, and compares you to a grave that looks nice on the outside, but you are dead bones on the inside, one better sit up and listen.
In Matthew 23, Jesus sure did let them have it. Yikes! Link to Matthew 23 (use the drop down menu on the site to choose which version you'd like to read from)
Woe! Matthew 23
Lord Jesus. I praise You and thank You for Your mercy. I humbly come to You asking you to lead, guide, and direct me. Forgive me for when I have judged others when I have planks in my own eyes. Help me to be able to warn and present truth in love. I thank You for giving me eyes and ears, Lord. I am grateful to be Your humble servant. Forgive me when I get it wrong and help me to receive correction when it's indeed the truth. Help me to not judge if someone else's path looks a little different than mine. Your Word says "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
I believe Your Word to be true. Help us to identify false doctrine by way of Your Holy Spirit. Help us to not throw someone in the trash can because we may not agree on all matters (Romans 14). I am guilty, Lord. Your will be done yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
"Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained."
We know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up.
1 Corinthians 2:2
For I determined not to know any thing among you,
save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
18For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.
22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
Sooooo I mentioned Christian rappers....I guess I'll share with the class!
For the word of God (𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐦𝐲/𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬/𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐬) is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
In sharing this verse in Hebrews, I am thinking of all the Christians thinking they are bold but are really clanging brass. Clanging brass is the last thing I ever want to be! We have to discern this when sharing truth.
Sometimes people use scripture to back up being divisive, harsh, prideful, and arrogant when it's their opinion on a matter and not His Word.
𝑯𝒊𝒔 𝑾𝒐𝒓𝒅 will indeed divide.
𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐞, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐃𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 - 𝐋𝐮𝐤𝐞 𝐋𝐮𝐤𝐞 𝟏𝟐:𝟒𝟗-𝟓𝟔
“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! 𝐃𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐡?
No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
Not speaking AT anyone. I've told y'all many many times my posts are directed at myself so often. Sometimes it's things I'm still working on or maybe it's something I've worked through with the help of the The Most High. I don't boast in this flesh. I boast Christ!
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1
What does the bible say about division? https://www.openbible.info/topics/division
What is the sword of the Spirit? https://www.gotquestions.org/sword-of-the-Spirit.html