What attitude? You see, this is why context is so important. Context gives us balance and helps us walk out the truth in practical ways, without the impossible expectations.
Those Pesky Expectations. Of course, then there is the context issue. Remember how the disciples thought Jesus was there to set them free from the Roman oppressors?
Okay. I have to chuckle. Context is so important. Did you read verse 14?
Worry sneaks into our lives in so many ways, doesn’t it? From people-pleasing, to what we’ll wear, to our health, our loved ones, whether we’ll have enough food to feed our children, worry chokes the life out of our faith. Worry chokes the life out of our love and joy.
In the previous chapter, the ending verses, Paul gives life instructions to various people. Wives, husbands, children, fathers, and slaves. Then in the next chapter the instructions are directed towards slave masters.
I’m sorry, for sounding like a broken record, but context is important, especially with this verse.
For centuries this verse was taken out of the context. Most of my life as a believer, I used it as a promise from Jesus for when we pray. Umm …
I’m sorry, but I can’t help being a broken record — context is important.
Can this verse apply to us in the abstract, sure. But here is the reality. This is a birth announcement to the world. It is cause for celebration.
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