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Thursday, March 23, 2017

2 Timothy 2:5 (Pt. 4)  Thought/Prayer:  Not Playing by the Rule Book?  Topics:  2 at end.

“And if any one takes part in an athletic contest, he gets no prize unless he obeys the rules.  (WEY)  (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)

What happens in an athletic event when participants do not obey the rules?  Well, everything is ruined, and the crowd may just disappear.  A football game, for example:  The players run amok; the referees run way from the action (might get hurt); and the guys carrying the ball skip back and forth in and out of the sidelines.  It’s chaos.  The only way the crowd might hang around is to perhaps see some strange outcome from a game that isn’t a game.  Perhaps the referees will team up against each other, joining the two opposing teams . . . or such.

This scenario is a stretch, of course; but could something of this caliber occur in real life?  What about people who live their lives with no regard to rules . . . with no regard to the effects their actions have on others?

We have probably known of people who live by their own rules without regard for others.  And the outcome, often?  Ruined lives, and dreams pounded into the ground; disappointment; discouragement.  Someone who does not bother to know basic guidelines of consideration and respect can wreak real havoc on others.  But does this happen in the Christian walk of believers?

It can because Christians are not immune to the world’s negatives . . . but not to the degree in this silly ballgame!  But there are ways that we do things that do not please our Lord because we don’t follow the Bible guidelines.  Sometimes we do not know we are doing this; sometimes we may.

Considering pro-LIFE work – it may be easy to ignore how our activities may affect others.  Maybe we grab the ball, so to speak, to inadvertently take over some other group’s ministry endeavors.  We may think we know how to do this better than they.  Or, we may be less than heartening toward other ministries, thinking ours is the most important and the other cannot possibly be important, especially if the other group’s approach is completely different.  But we must go by the admonition in I Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore encourage one another, and let each one help to strengthen his friend, as in fact you do” (WEY).  Yes, this is in the Bible, our rule book.

It just doesn’t work well if Christians do not follow the Bible’s admonitions about getting long with each other, no matter the ministry.  Lord, guide us always to Your Word, (You who are the Word), and teach us to be respectful to all others who stand for created LIFE.

Topics:  Pray to always be respectful of all pro-life ministries and their participants.
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