Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (NIV)
Ned entered the doctor’s office. “Hi Doc! How’re you going?”
“Hey, Ned,” said the doctor, “good to see you. How’s the old golf swing?”
“Not bad, Doc. Slowed down a bit due to this pain in my shoulder, but I’m still getting around the golf course.”
“Good, good,” his doctor said, nodding, “as long as you’re still swinging.
31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. (Matthew 12:31-32- ESV)
Wifey has asked me to post something about these verses after they were discussed at a Bible Study she attended this morning. Dutifully, I am now doing so. My only problem is that, while I'm happy with my general understanding of this verses, I don't think I've plumbed the depths of it. Feel free, anyone, to add your own understandings in the comment section.
One thing I do know for sure, however: this is not talking about using the Spirit as a swear word! (Just thought I'd head that one off at the pass).
1. Um, self-deception, much? Still, redefining categories has worked for other people...
2. Now, this is a moving story. I'd like to know a little more about what the blurb at the side means, though...
Rather than saving souls for the hereafter, the organisation Urban Neighbours of Hope (UNOH) strives to make life better for those struggling in the here and now.
Back before Facebook when blogs were the self-expression of choice, a lady called Diane asked an interesting question on her blog, Crossroads (now defunct).
Are a lack of social skills in churches hindering outreach?
Initially I wondered whether she was being a little snobby...