1/20/2008 ~ Redeeming The Time

... Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. ...
~ Colossians 4:1-6

We are ALL living on borrowed TIME.

... do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink?
or What shall we wear? ... ~ Matthew 6:25-34

The aspiration to get only more for yourself is what the shallow seek.
~ We are called to a higher mindset.

Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor,
working with his hands what is good, ... ~ Ephesians 4:28

The compulsive desire for things curtails ones righteousness.

... How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?
~ Proverbs 6:6-9

The message is to use time to benefit Godís will and not sinfulness.

Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,
Before the difficult days come, ... ~ Ecclesiastes 12:1

No one wants to get old but it comes to all if you live long enough.
~ As you stand before God, what will your life show?

... not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor
that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. ~ James 4:13-16

Donít think you have tomorrow to repair mistakes if sin is your leisure.

Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
~ James 4:17

Redeeming the time means today is your last day, and we are all behind.
Prepare as death stands at a hands moment notice.

... give your bondservants what is just and fair, ... ~ Colossians 4:1
└─> Be honest.                                                                     
                         THE TIME IS NOW.
┌─> Pray today.                                                                    

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; ...
~ Colossians 4:2

... that God would open to us a door for the word, ... ~ Colossians 4:3
└─> The gospel will only be available to us for a short time.              

Do you talk about Christ with others?

┌─> Now is the time.                                                               
... Walk with wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
~ Colossians 4:4-5

┌─> Speak kindly to all.                                                            
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, ...
~ Colossians 4:6

... the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. ... ~ James 3:5-10

The tongue is like a wicked wildfire ready to torch those closest.

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth,
but what is good for necessary edification, ... ~ Ephesians 4:29-32

God has given His instructions.
~ We only have so much time.

Today is the day.

"... Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is."
~ Mark 13:31-33

... Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
~ 2nd Corinthians 6:1-2

... Be ready in season and out of season. ... For the time will come
when they will not endure sound doctrine, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:2-5

... how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time
who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. ~ Jude 1:17-18

One needs to search scripture for individual soul salvation.

... See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
redeeming the time, because the days are evil. ... ~ Ephesians 5:14-21

... humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you
in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares ... ~ 1st Peter 5:5-7

... he who does not love his brother whom he has seen,
how can he love God whom he has not seen? ... ~ 1st John 4:19-21

Any hate in ones heart is a waste of time.
    └─> To bitterly destroy.                     |
                     Not redeeming the time. <─┘

'You shall not hate your brother in your heart. ...' ~ Leviticus 19:17

Hate neutralizes the self.

"No one can serve two masters; ..." ~ Matthew 6:24

... brethren, ... Hebrews 2:11 <─┐      
To hate or to love, Christ is our brother and more.
 ... children of God ... Romans 8:16-17 <─┘                 

... why do you show contempt for your brother? ~ Romans 14:10

God simply has asked us to care for one another.

"But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;
All those who hate me love death." ~ Proverbs 8:36


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