Monday, December 28, 2009
Bless; blessing; and the Keeper at Home...Part I
I've been inspired recently by a lesson I heard someone do to study out the concept of blessing in the Bible. What a huge and important subject this is! God blesses us, and He wants us to bless God and others -- even our enemies. (Matthew 5:44) The keeper at home has many opportunities to enjoy God's blessings, to bless God and thank Him for the blessings that He showers on us through his grace; to live the kind of life that God considers blessed and the kind of life that blesses others; and to shower her family and neighbors and others with blessings.
Here are just a few verses to start us thinking about the concept of blessing:
"Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech." I Peter 3:8-10
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Proverbs 31:28
...but He blesses the home of the righteous. Proverbs3:33
The memory of the righteous will be a blessing. Proverbs 10:7
Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed. Proverbs 11:11
He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy. Proverbs 14:21
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD Proverbs 16:20
The righteous man lives a blameless life and blessed are his children after him. Proverbs 20:7
Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble. Proverbs 28:14.
Here's a bonus question for you: Which of the American Presidents names' means bless, blessing, or one blessed by God and is similar or equivalent to the Hebrew word for bless? (This is not a political question -- just an interesting study of a name.)