6th November 2012

Two Muddled Jigsaws

“But now, you also, put off all these things: wrath, anger, malice, evil-speaking, shameful speech out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another,…..
Therefore, as elect ones of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassions, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering, bearing with one another and forgiving yourselves, if anyone has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also you should forgive. And above all these, love, which is the bond of perfectness.”
Colossians 3:8-9a, 12-14 (LITV)

Should you ever get two jigsaws muddled up, as my 2 year old neighbour frequently does, the easiest way to sort them is by separating the pieces according to their style, shape and colour. A peek behind may also help, as often the jigsaws have different colour backs to them! Then put the jigsaw pieces together and, hey presto, two completed puzzles!

That is simple enough when helping my little neighbour whose jigsaws are only 9-12 pieces but it can be harder, though possible, with the larger ones such as the 1,000 piece puzzles which I do. The pieces of two jigsaws can all look so similar that it becomes much trickier. So then what? We need a helping hand.

As Christians, we’re trying, as we go through life, to sort the godly living pieces from the ungodly ~ the thoughts, the attitudes, the words, and behaviours which have all become muddled, and in this area the pieces can appear to be even more confusing. So we, like the jigsaw sorters, need a helping hand to be able to discern one piece from another.

Thankfully, God has provided us with the Bible which has lots of useful help for sorting the godly from the ungodly. We have the opening Scripture above as an example, from the New Testament, and the book of Proverbs is an example from the Old Testament. When we need extra help God is always at hand. He is only a prayer away.

Prayer
Dear Father, thank You that You do answer our prayers, including the ones for discerning Your ways from ours and the world’s ways. Thank You for providing Your Word in the form of both the Bible and that of our elder Brother, Jesus. In His Name we thank You.
Amen

Study by Ruth Edwards 

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