Wednesday, 18 March 2009


I was thinking about approval this morning - about wanting/needing/striving for it. Fortunately, the Bible gave me the right perspective on who I should be seeking approval from:

2 Timothy 2: 14 - 16: Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene.

Or, as the Message puts it: Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God's people. Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at the faith. It just wears everyone out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won't be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. Stay clear of pious talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they're not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul.

I'm also wondering - is approval the same as appreciation? Hmmm...

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