A lot of verses jumped at me this time. So, this will be an extra long post. =)
Chapter 15, verse 11: "Not that goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man."
Verses 17-20: "Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
But those things which proceedeth out of the mouth come forth from the heart: and they defile the man.
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adultries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man."
It's not what a person puts in their mouth that is evil, it's what a person says and does that can be evil.
Chapter 16, verses 24-26: "...If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
If we want to follow after Christ, then we need to be willing to deny ourselves the worldly pleasures of this life. If we deny Christ, in order to save our lives, then we will lose our souls at the Judgement. If we are willing to die for our belief in God, then we will gain our soul at the Judgement.
Chapter 18, verses 15-17: "Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or more witnesses every word may be established.
And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican."
It is written plan as day, how we are to go about correcting a brother in Christ. If you have a problem with someone, go to them first. Don't spread the problem around to others. That's how BIGger problems get started. If you had gone to your brother in the first place, you might have gotten everything straightened out, and noone else would have been the wiser. But, if your brother won't listen, then you take the next step. That is not to go around telling everyone what's going on. You tell one or two others, who don't spread it around either. They are to go with you and try again. If he still won't listen, THEN and only then, do you bring the problem to the church. If he still won't listen, then you are to not have anything to do with him.
It seems to me that these days, this process gets tangled up and turned around. People seem to know everyone's business, before the original people have had the chance to work out there differences. We need to remember these verses and strive to obey them.
Verse 20: "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them"
I think that's awesome!
Chapter 19, verse 26: "...with God all things are possible."
We need to remember that God can make anything happen for us. We just have to believe in Him.
Job 10-12 will be coming up soon.