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Verse 1: “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.”

How many parents out there like to repeat your instructions to your children? 🙂 Why do you repeat yourselves? Because you want to make sure your children hear AND understand your instructions. I’ve told my own sons before how important it is to listen to what their mother and I say…one day, it could save their lives.

I was struck by the part of this verse that stated “For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.” I consulted my copy of the Holman concordance on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians, and found this statement on page 242: “Paul consciously repeated himself, knowing repetition leads to learning. What he wrote was so important he wanted to make sure they did not miss his points.”

So, once more, just to make sure you don’t miss it 🙂 : Rejoice in the Lord!

Something to think about.

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verses 4-5: “Take away the dross from the silver, And there comes out a vessel for the smith; Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness.”

The 2 above verses are bound together by the theme of purifying. Heat silver ore to the point that the dross in the ore rises to the top and can be skimmed off, and you are left with more pure silver. Remove any hint of shady officials or less then honest workers in the king’s court, and you are left with a more righteousness, more just, more trustworthy kingdom authority.

My wife was reminded of an old hymn that she had a copy of called Rejoice in the Lord (written by Ron Hamilton, copyright 1978 by Musical Ministries).

God never moves without purpose or plan
When trying His servant and molding a man,
Give thanks to the Lord though your testing seems long;
In darkness He giveth a song.

I could not see through the shadows ahead;
So I looked at the cross of my Savior instead
I bowed to the will of the Master that day;
Then peace came and tears fled away.

Now I can see testing comes from above;
God strengthens His children and purges in love.
My Father knows best and I trust in His care;
Through purging more fruit I will bear.

O rejoice in the Lord, He makes no mistake.
He knoweth the end of each path that I take.
For when I am tried and purified,
I shall come forth as gold.

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

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