My best talent? I’m a jack-of-all-trades, master of absolutely none! Wearer of many hats. My high school speech teacher once gave us students some good advice. She told us, “know something about everything, and everything about something.” Well, I took her advice. It hasn’t made me rich, but it has made me a well-rounded individual. I can intelligently converse with people on almost any subject.
How do I express my lambness among wolves? By following the advice given in Romans 12:18; cf. Hebrews 12:14. I like Bro. Coffman’s assessment of vs. 18:
An Internet site defined “packed red-blood cells” as, “a preparation of red blood cells that are transfused to correct low blood levels in anemic patients.”
Packed red blood cells can also be given to other patients whose hematocrit, or concentration of red cells in the blood is low because of diseases like cancer, or in blood loss from accidents.
One unit of packed red blood cells transfused will typically raise the hematocrit three to four percent and the blood hemoglobin concentration by one gram per deciliter. Since hemoglobin is the chief oxygen transporter to the cells, raising its concentration increases the amount of oxygen delivered to the brain and body.
In the book of Colossians, the apostle Paul equips the body of Christ to deal with error and division that had arisen from people who believed they had some special kind of knowledge. In the second chapter, he provides the church with ways to defend itself against the assaults to come.
He begins with encouragement. The world seeks to break down children of God; therefore we must find ways to build each other up. Like cells in the body are packed together and concentrated building up the body, encouragement is like that preparation of packed red blood cells to build the blood.
The apostle tells members of the church in Thessalonica to encourage the “fainthearted” or the ones with small souls (1 Thessalonians 5:14). The aim, of course, is to make bigger, stronger souls.
From encouragement, Paul discussed another aspect of the same idea: that we should be “knit together in love.” This is the mortar that binds us together under our Lord’s direction. Just as a surgeon draws together an incision into one piece, we are drawn together in love. The apostle wrote that love is the bond of perfection in Colossians 3:14.
But love without true wisdom and knowledge is not enough. “Love without knowledge is like heat without light,” Spence and Excell wrote. Paul encouraged the Phillippians that their “love may abound yet more and more in knowledge.” We must always want to increase our knowledge of Jesus, for his is the true knowledge (Colossians 2:9; Ephesians 4:12-13).
If we accept the prescription given through the word of God, we can live in the assurance of a healthy spiritual life in Christ that can fend off problems and ensure the “unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.”
Recent advice I gave a Christian? I don’t give much advice to fellow Christians, cause they have God’s Word for that, however, I do give this piece of advice to myself every day: “Stay on the course – don’t sway to the left, or to the right” (Deuteronomy 5:31-33; Deuteronomy 28:13-14). In the latter reading, I’m striving daily to stay the right course, allowing the Lord to make me the “head” and not the “tail” (Deuteronomy 28:13).
Today’s Daily Nudge asks the Fellows to share some recent advice they gave to a Christian.
After a recent meeting of the SJC church here, a brother rose on his own initiative and stated his opinion that we’d have problems in a project we were considering. His comments were extensive. This is a brother who consistently sees the downside to opportunities. So I rebuked him publicly, which I almost never do. I told him that in order to bring before the church an issue, he needed to have facts and data, not an opinion. He was throwing a bucket of cold water on the project. I was stern and when he tried to insist, I overrode him by raising my voice somewhat, but not yelling. I have never done that before. Some of the brethren may have been taken back by it. Afterwards, I treated this brother normally, with no rancor nor resentment.
Perhaps we will decide the project is not for us; that will be fine. I do not feel strongly about it one way or the other. But we must, at least, give it a chance to go forward by a judicious consideration of our situation. Otherwise, naysayers will keep us from ever doing anything.