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31 Oct

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. (1 Thessalonians 9-12)

Have you, I wonder, ever heard before of debt? It’s this really cool thing where you are “given” money! but then have to pay it back plus a certain percentage. And if you happen to default on your payment that percentage is raised. Here’s a hint for all those who don’t have debt: It would be best for you if it was kept that way.

This is the definition of debt:

The state of owing money: “the firm is heavily in debt.”. (http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/debt)

Paul says explicitly here not to be dependent on anyone. “Anyone” includes debt companies, credit companies (pretty much the same thing), or banks in general. Look at one of the causes of the great depression: the banks went out, millions lost their money, thus the depression. With that little economic lesson finished… He says something else here:

and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)

There are three things there we are told to aspire to do: living quietly, minding our own affairs, and working with our hands. Or in modern terms: You don’t have to be president. Don’t be snoopy (the action or the dog). And be willing to work. If we’re those three things, we can walk properly before outsiders and won’t have to be dependent on anyone; emotionally or financially.

The point being: it’s a good testimony for a Christian to be debt-free and a hard worker. The sub-point being: It’s better not to ever get into debt. The sub-sub-point being: If you can’t get a job as a technician, get one as a farmer. Maybe not literally, but you get the (sub-sub) point; don’t be afraid to work with your hands.

Breaking free from debt is not something you (or I) want to do. May Jesus keep us from having to. Because the only way to break out, is by having the bars broken for us by… Jesus. Otherwise it wouldn’t be possible to create a budget (we would always end up spending more than we promised our self). And it wouldn’t be possible to do whatever else it is that you do when you try to get out of debt, pornography, swearing, or anything else that you’re trying to get out of. – By the way, that’s the sub-sub-sub point.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on October 31, 2011 in Debt, Delivered Through Love

 

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