We've had quite the eventful day! To read about it/watch videos about it (eventually) you can go here :)
My dad is watching golf right now. And the guy who's leading (McDowell) is from Northern Ireland. And he has a fantastic accent. And he looks like he's gonna win it!
Soooo there was no NIPTO tonight because Brandon and Erin both left for SOWER (a kind of habitat for humanity project) in Southern OH this afternoon. So I just shortened the sections that I read.
So tonight I'm going to cover Ephesians 4:29-32
29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Ahhhh... Language. I love the part that says "let... only what is helpful for building others up" part. Apparently at LT a few years ago one of the quotes that the girls hung up on their wall was "edify, stupid!" It's like, one of my favorite lines :P
But really. What we say shouldn't tear other people done. We should only say what is beneficial to others.
30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
To be completely sure what "grieve" ment in this situation, I went to Blue Letter Bible. So trusty :) So... copied and pasted, here is what their definitions of "grieved" are:
1) to make sorrowful
2) to affect with sadness, cause grief, to throw into sorrow
3) to grieve, offend
4) to make one uneasy, cause him a scruple
Just to clarify things. Don't make the Holy Spirit sad. We're sealed with him for the day of redemption. It's pretty intense stuff!
31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
This is a heavy list. Bitternes, rage, anger, fighting, slander/gossip, along with every form of malice. That's a lot of stuff. That's a lot of stuff that isn't easy to get rid of! But he doesn't give it to us without something to replace it.
32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Instead: be kind and compassionate. Forgive each other. And don't just forgive eachother. Forgive eachother as Christ forgave us. That's intense forgiveness.
Alas and lack a day, I'm being summoned to bed. But I just had a fantastic time Skyping with my friend Anna! We need to Skype more often! And also dancing to Manipulation by Group 1 Crew. It's one of the best songs to have a dance party to! :D