The Path to World Peace - Isaiah 2

Many of us believe that men with increasing intelligence and understanding will eventually be able to have world peace. But history tells us otherwise. If we continue to exalt our own abilities we would eventually have a great world war that destroys all if God did not step in earlier. The good news is that God will and will establish His Kingdom on earth providing world peace and abundant living for men. But men need to go through the judgment of the Day of the Lord where God reveals His power and humble men. This is my learning from Isaiah 2.
Isaiah Chapter 2 - The Key Verses Mind-map:

The Path to World Peace:
  • His Kingdom on Earth & World Peace

    • Isa 2:2 In the latter days, the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest, and all the nations shall flow to it,Jerusalem to be political center of the world

    • Isa 2:4 He shall judge between the nations, peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.

      No more war but peace prevails. No weapons but productive equipment

  • The Day of the Lord and the Humbling of Man
    • Full of Idols
      • Isa 2:8  Their land is filled with idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their own fingers have made. 
    • Man is Humbled & God is Exalted
      • Isa 2:11  The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. 
    • Trust Man Not
      • Isa 2:22  Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he? Man greatest achievements and power could not stand against the power of God.

  • Summary
    • The paths to world peace
      • The painful
        • Men exalted himself, with his technological brilliance to create the smartest and most powerful things, only to destroy himself if God does not step in.
        • God judges men in the Day of the Lord unleashing His power and glory.
      • The better
        • Men acknowledge God as creator and Lord to be worshipped and obey.
    • God establishes His Kingdom on Earth with Jerusalem as the center for governing for world peace.
Lim Liat (c) 23-8-17


Change and Be Blessed - Learning from Isaiah 1

Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. But some men are wiser. Instead of giving up their sins, they want to use substitutes, doing more religious things to cover their sins, hoping they will get away. But God is not fooled. Unless they change and depart from evil, God cannot bless them despite their religious activities. Such is the teaching of Isaiah 1.
The Key Verses of Isaiah 1 
in a mind-map form:

The Content:
  • The nation was in a poor state - depression
    • Isa 1:7  Your country lies desolate; your cities are burned with fire; in your very presence foreigners devour your land; it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners. 
  • The people kept the religious ceremonies, praying for God to revive the economyIt did not work at all. Why?
    • Isa 1:13  Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations— I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly. 
  • Repent & Put things right first
    • Isa 1:17  learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. 
  • Then God Will Forgive and Restore
    • Isa 1:19  If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; 
  • The Unfaithful CityBut they continued in sins!
    • Isa 1:23  Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Everyone loves a bribe and runs after gifts. They do not bring justice to the fatherless, and the widow's cause does not come to them. 
  • Summary
    • Their present dire state is due to their evilness where their religious activities could not get God to bless them. They were to change first and then restoration will come.
    • Principle:
      • Fix the guilt by repentance and not cover-up with religious activities
      • Don't give excuses or use substitutes instead of cutting off the root cause or activity.
  • Applications
    • Are you having any problem?
    • Have you found a cause and a solution?
    • Is your solution working?
      • If NOT
        • then You have not found the root cause.... go back to look again, never give excuses but objectively and calmly examine the facts
Lim Liat (c) 22-8-17


The New Life Order Under Grace - Freedom from Enslavement to Sin - Romans 6

Our sin tries to find loopholes in the Grace offer of new life and perpetuates its existence. It says let sin more that grace may abound. It also says let sin freely then since there is no law under grace! Paul gave the answers in Romans 6 and explain what grace is all about and our responsibilities.
Romans 6 mind-map:

The Content:
  • Shall we sin under grace?

    • Rom 6:1 Excuse#1 Sin to Glorify Grace!
      • What shall we say then?
      • Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?The expected answer is No.
      • Grace is given to overcome sin (see chapter 5), to save us from sin so we should not and need not sin to show grace power. Not sinning reveals grace power.
      • Similar Excuse is given in Rom 3:5,7 - My sin highlights God's righteousness, so I shouldn't be punished for my sin.

    • Rom 6:15 Excuse#2 Not Under Law, so free to sin.
      • What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.The answer is No. We shall not sin though we are no longer under the law.
        • Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.We are to use our freedom for good and not for evil. We are saved from evil and so we don't and shouldn't return back to evil again.
        • 1Pe 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
        • Jud 1:4 ... ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
        • Rom 7:7 -What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. 
        • Rom 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
      • We have moved from the old order of the Law to the new order of Life under grace that we no longer are under sin enslavement to sin but under grace to live rightly and freely of from sinning. Rom 6:2-5 shows the how.

  • Death to Sin
    • Rom 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
    • Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
    • Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:
      • that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,
      • even so we also should walk in newness of life.
    • The new life under grace comes first from death and then a rebirth of resurrection.
    • Ravi Zacharias. “Jesus Christ did not come to make bad people good, but to make dead people alive.”

  • New Life in ChristDeath to Life
    • Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death,
      • we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
    • Rom 6:6 Knowing this,
        • that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
    • Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
    • Rom 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
    • Rom 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
    • Rom 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

  • We do the reckoning
    • Rom 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves
        • to be dead indeed unto sin,
        • but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    • Rom 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

  • We do the yield Not
    • Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

  • Before: Slavery to Sin
    • Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
    • Rom 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
    • Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
    • Rom 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
    • Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

  • Now: Servant of Righteousness
    • Rom 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
    • Rom 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
    • Rom 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
    • Rom 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

  • Grace is
    • Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • Summary
    • The Gospel of Grace is not about making bad man good but making dead people alive.
    • The old Order of Law reveals man sin and man inability to follow the law. The Law condemns sinful man to death.
    • The new Order of Life under grace is about dead of the old man to sin and resurrection of the man freed from sin to live under righteousness and freedom from any bondage.
    • We don't need to sin to glorify grace because grace is meant to overcome sin. Sinning not reveals grace.
    • We don't sin because we are not under law because grace empowers us to live rightly above the demands of the Law.
    • It is our responsibility to live out the new life. Consider ourselves as dead to sins, let us not let sin reigns in our body, but yield our body to God as His instruments for righteousness.
            Lim Liat (c) 15 Aug 2017


            Grace of Jesus Overcomes The Sin from Adam - Romans 5

            The grace made possible by Jesus' Cross and Resurrection, freely given to everyone, enables us to break free from Adam's sin and the curse, that we may be reconciled back to God eternally.
            Romans 5 mind-map:

            The Content:

            • Rom 5:1-5 The Complete Grace Message from Romans 5:1-5

            • Christ died for us while we were yet sinners
              • Rom 5:6
                • For when we were yet without strength,
                • in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
              • Rom 5:7
                • For scarcely for a righteous man will one die:
                • yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
              • Rom 5:8
                • But God commendeth his love toward us, in that,
                • while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
                • Meditation on Rom 5v8
            • Much More Power & Blessings Now that we have been made right with God
              • Rom 5:9
                • Much more then,
                  • being now justified by his blood,
                  • we shall be saved from wrath through him.
              • Rom 5:10
                • For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son,
                • much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
              • Rom 5:11
                • And not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
                • by whom we have now received the atonement.
            • Adam's sin brought death to all
              • Rom 5:12
                • Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin;
                • and so death passed upon all men, for that, all have sinned:
              • Rom 5:13
                • Sin was in the world: but sin is not known when there is no law.
              • Rom 5:14
                • Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.Whether we know or not, the truth will rule. The consequence of sin, death, rules even before the law was given.
            • Jesus' death brought life to allSalvation is a free gift
              • Rom 5:15
                • But not as the offense, so also is the free gift.
                • For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and
                • the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
              • Rom 5:16
                • And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation,
                • but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification.
            • Grace is greater than Sin
              • Rom 5:17
                • For if by one man's offense death reigned by one;
                • much more they which receive abundance of grace
                • and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
            • The Same Principle of Spreading
              • Rom 5:18
                • Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation;
                • even so by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
              • Rom 5:19
                • For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners,
                • so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
              • Rom 5:20
                • Moreover, the law entered, that the offense might abound.
                • But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:Grace overpower sins. No one can say he is beyond salvation.
            • Grace is greater than SinEternal life over death
              • Rom 5:21
                • That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so, might
                • grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
            • Summary
              • Christ died for us while we were yet sinners. He accepted us despite our sins.
              • But He loves us too much to leave us enslaved by sins and so give us the grace power to overcome sin.
              • Grace, a free gift, made possible by Jesus Christ, is given to overcome sin and to give us eternal life with God
            Meditation on Romans 5:8 While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us:

            Lim Liat (c) 14 Aug 2017


            Justification is by Faith as Shown by Abraham - Romans 4

            Religions go by justification by the works of the Laws. But Christianity is justification by faith and not works. This is shown in the example of Abraham. He was counted as righteous because he believed in the promise of God and acted accordingly. The promise and acceptance by God occurred before the giving of the Laws and circumcision. The circumcision was a later sign of earlier inward faith in God. This justification by faith in Jesus Christ is available to anyone who believes. Adam sinned by not believing God and Abraham was justified by believing in God. That is right isn't it?
            Chapter 4 Mind-map:

            The Passage:
            • Faith vs Work
              • Abraham
                • What was gained by Abraham, the forefather of the Jews? Rom 4:1
                  - It is Righteousness by Faith
                • If Abraham was justified by works, then he can boast , but not before God. Rom 4:2 -  Abraham was not justified by works
                • The Scripture says,"Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness." Rom 4:3
                • A wage is not counted as a gift but as a due of his work. Rom 4:4
                • And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as for righteousness, Rom 4:5
              • David
                • "Blessing is when God counting him righteous without the works" Rom 4:6
                • "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; Rom 4:7
                • blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin." Rom 4:8
            • For WHO? Circumcised & UncircumcisedFaith Before Circumcision
              • Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised?
                • For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. Rom 4:9
              • How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised?
                • It was not after, but before he was circumcised. Rom 4:10Circumcision is a sign for inner faith
              • The purpose was to make him
                • the father of
                  • all who believe without being circumcised,
                    • so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, Rom 4:11
                  • the true circumcised are those who not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith of Abraham Rom 4:12
            • By Faith
              • For the promise
                • to Abraham & his offspring
                • that he would be heir of the world
                • + did not come through the law
                • but through the righteousness of faith. Rom 4:13
              • For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. Rom 4:15
              • it depends on faith,
                • that the promise may
                  • rest on grace and
                  • be guaranteed to all his offspring
                    • --not only to the adherent of the law
                    • but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham,
                      • who is the father of us all, Rom 4:16
            • The Promise
              • as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations"--
                • in the presence of the God in whom he believed,
                • God who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Rom 4:17
            • Abraham's Faith
              • In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, "So shall your offspring be." Rom 4:18
              • He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body,
                • which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old),
                • or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. Rom 4:19
              • No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, Rom 4:20
              • fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Rom 4:21
              • That is why his faith was "counted to him as righteousness." Rom 4:22
            • Believe in ChristSalvation is for All
              • But the words "it was counted to him" were not written for his sake alone, Rom 4:23
              • but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, Rom 4:24
            • Summary
              • "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness." Rom 4:3
                • fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Rom 4:21
                • That is why his faith was "counted to him as righteousness." Rom 4:22
              • David referred to the forgiveness of sins as well 4v7
              • The promise to Abraham was given before circumcision and the giving of the Laws 4v10
              • Circumcision comes after acceptance and is just a sign of the inward faith.
              • All who believe in Jesus, circumcised or not, will be saved. 4v11,24
              • Jesus was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. Rom 4:25
            Back to the Original Sin of Adam:

            Eve sinned by believing the Devil rather than God. She used her senses to see that it was good for food and pleasant and chose to believe what the devil had said about making one wiser and so she ate and gave to her Adam who also ate without asking. Since it was unbelief that caused the first sin, it makes sense that God now enable us to be saved, a second chance, by believing in the redemption of Jesus Christ. God is reconciling us back to him through a relationship of trust and obedience.

            See also The Branding of Believers - The Ten Commandments

            Lim Liat (c) 12 Aug 2017


            Let Sin More to Glorify God? Faith Upholds the Law - Romans 3

            Does not salvation by faith gives us the license to sin? If our sin reveals God's goodness, then why should we be punished for our sin? Paul addresses such questions in Romans 3. His conclusion is "Faith upholds the Law" and hence if you truly understand and have the faith in Jesus, then you have fulfilled and will continue to uphold the Law.
            Romans 3 Mind-map:

            note: the bible verses are my own. Please read the original translations if you have any doubt.

            The advantage of Jews
            Or what is the value of circumcision? Rom 3:1
            Jews were entrusted with the knowledge and laws of God. Rom 3:2

            Unfaithful Jews but Faithful God
            Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? Rom 3:3
            No. Let God remains true though everyone was a liar, as it is written, "That God is justified in His words, and judged right in any court". Rom 3:4

            Sin More to Glorify God!?That is a big distortion of the truth.
            But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (From a human point of view) Rom 3:5
            Of course not! If God is not righteous, then how can He judge the world? Rom 3:6
            But if my unrighteousness shows God's glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? Rom 3:7
            Some people accused us wrongly, that we preach "why not do evil that good may come?. Their distortion and condemnation are just. Rom 3:8

            Why this argument is wrong?As Paul pointed out in verse 4, God's Laws and Judgement are always right irrespective of our sins. God does not need our sins to show His righteousness.

            Are we Jews any better off?In terms of being more righteous because of knowledge of God's Laws & Circumcision
            No, not at all. Both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, Rom 3:9
            as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one; Rom 3:10
            no one seeks and understands God. Rom 3:11
            All have turned aside; becoming worthless; no one does good, not even one." Rom 3:12
            They lied and speak evils. Rom 3:13
            "Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness." Rom 3:14
            "They are quick to shed blood; Rom 3:15
            they leave behind destructions and sufferings, Rom 3:16
            and they do not seek peace " Rom 3:17
            "There is no fear of God " Rom 3:18

            Purpose of LawTo reveal sin and not for justification because everyone has sinned.
            The law applies to who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. Rom 3:19
            For by works of the law no man will be justified since through the law comes knowledge of sin. Rom 3:20
            The law reveals the sin of every man and no one can be justified in the law.
            But now the righteousness of God has been revealed apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it-- Rom 3:21

            Righteousness by Faith
            The righteousness of God is (gained) through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction (Jews nor Gentiles): Rom 3:22
            for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Rom 3:23
            and are justified by God's grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Rom 3:24
            whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. Rom 3:25
            It was to show his righteousness at the present time so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Rom 3:26
            Note: God's righteousness is shown in His Laws is just - revealing man's sin
            His judgment is just - punishment on His Son on the cross.
            His love is true - anyone can receive Jesus' redemption by faith and be accepted by God.

            No BoastingAll are saved by Faith, not works
            We cannot boast about our justification by our work. But we can proclaim the law of faith. Rom 3:27
            For we hold that everyone is justified by faith and not from works of the law. Rom 3:28
            Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, Rom 3:29
            since God is one--who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Rom 3:30

            Our Faith upholds the LawDo we then overthrow the law by this faith? No, not at all! On the contrary, we uphold the law. Rom 3:31Because through Jesus who paid the penalty of sin, we complete the demands of the law.

            • The Jews have the advantage of knowing God and His law. But knowledge alone does not justify a person.
            • Man's unfaithfulness does not cause God to be faithless. God's character remains intact irrespective of the actions of man.
            • So we cannot argue that our sins reveal God's righteousness and so God should not judge our sins. Neither can we sin more to show forth God's greater saving grace.
            • The purpose of the Law is to reveal man's sin but the Law does not have the ability to save man from his sins.
            • So God has to use another means to save man from his sins. It is by the offering of His Son to pay the penalty of man's sins as demand by the law. Then, man can be righteous through faith in His Son's redemption.
            • Hence, salvation is by faith in Jesus and not by following the Law. No one can be justified in the Law because all have sinned. There is also nothing for man to boast except by faith in His Son.
            • The Law of Faith does not nullify the Law. The Faith, in fact, agrees that the Law is right that whereby the sacrifice of His Son is needed. Faith completes the demand of the Law.
            • So, Faith in Jesus gives us the power to fulfill the Law as will be shown in subsequent chapters.


            Godliness is Not in the Mind Only - Romans 2

            Godliness is not in the mind only. Knowledge of the Laws without following actions still brings condemnation. There is nothing to be proud of if we just have the knowledge without action. We are just hypocrites. The best is to internalize the Laws within our heart and acting out in our bodies. True Godliness must be in our heart, mind, and body.
            Romans 2 Mindmap:

            Judging Fairly - Judging Others begins with ourselves
            • Pointing at others sins does not save us from our sins. We can distract and fool men but not God.

              • Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because of you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2:1Condemning Others does not excuse our sins.
                Others wrongful acts do not justify our wrongs.
              • We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. 2:2God punishes the unfair judges
                • Do you suppose, O man--you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself--that you will escape the judgment of God? 2:3
              • Mat 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
            Delayed Judgement - Repent now before it is too late
            • Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 2:4God's delayed judgment does not mean God is not going to judge nor God is ignoring our sins. But rather, it is to give time for us to realize our sins.
            • But because of your hard and impenitent heart, you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed. 2:5Continuing in our sinful acts will just add up to God's wrath.
            God's Judgment - Life for righteous and Wrath for evil
            • He will render to each one according to his works 2:6 impartially 2:11Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
            • Eternal life; 2:7
              • to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality,
            • Wrath and fury. 2:8
              • those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness,
            • Tribulation and distress
              • for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 2:9
            • Glory, honor, and peace
              • for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 2:10
            How of Judgment - By the Disclosed Laws or Conscience
            • For God shows no partiality. 2:11
            • For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law,
              • Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves 2:14The moral sense of right and wrong is built in.
              • They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 2:15
            • all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 2:12
            • not the hearers of the law who are righteous but the doers of the law who will be justified. 2:13
            Jesus Christ the Judge
            • on that day, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. 2:16
            The Benefits of Jews - Knowledge of Laws & Wisdom
            • But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God 2:17
            • know His will & approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 2:18
            • If you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 2:19
            • an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth-- 2:20
            Justification is by Actions -Not by talking or teaching.
            • you who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 2:21
            • You say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 2:22
            • You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. 2:23
            • For, as it is written, "The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you." 2:24
            Circumcision is of the Heart - Outward ceremonious action is useless
            • For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. 2:25
            • So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 2:26
            • Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law. 2:27
            • For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 2:28
            • But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God. 2:29
            • Knowing God's Laws is Good
              • It is wisdom to teach and guide us
              • But knowing is not a basis for righteousness. Nothing to boast about
              • Judging & teaching others the Laws begins with ourselves first
              • The Laws must be internalized in our heart with corresponding actions
              • Knowledge without Following Actions is useless; it brings shame instead.

            Lim Liat (c) 31 July 2017


            The Gospel for Fixing the Sin of Man - Romans 1

            The essence and the purpose of the gospel are given in Romans Chapter 1. The righteous shall live by faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pauls shared his desires and purpose of his visit to the Romans believer community and in the process explained the sin and the salvation of man through Jesus Christ.
            The Essence of the Gospel

            Looking at the mind-map above, we can ask and answer many questions that relate to us:

            1. Who is Paul, the author of this letter?
              Paul said he was the servant of Jesus Christ, an Apostle, essentially the sent one, with a very specific message, which is the gospel of God. Paul is very clear about his mission in life. Knowing one's mission enables him to prioritize, the important from the unnecessary. His life has focus and meaning. What about your life? Do you know your calling from God? The general ones for all believers and the particular ones unique to you.

            2. What is the Gospel?
              It is about Jesus Christ and us. It is promised by God all the way from the time God decided to create men. It is not an afterthought but a part of the original design. God knows men will fail Him and hence He already provided the Way to save men and bring men back to Him. The gospel is the good news that men can become saints again. Going down to v16 & 17, it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.  The righteous shall live by faith in the gospel of God.  

            3. Who is Jesus Christ?
              He was a descendant of King David, a man in the flesh just like anyone of us. But He is actually the Son of God. The uniqueness of Jesus is that He died and was resurrected by the Holy Spirit. He is the One that conquers death.

            4. Who is the Holy Spirit?
              The Holy Spirit is the One that resurrected Jesus Christ the man from death. God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all play a part in the gospel.

            5. Who is God?
              God is the One who loves us and call us to be saints. His plan was not spoiled neither by the sin of men nor the evil of Satan. He sent His son to die for us that we may be saved. John 3:16. God gives us grace and peace.
            The Purpose of Visit

            Paul shows us how we could relate to other believers. Here are some key points:

            1. To bless them with Grace and Peace from God.
            2. To keep track of their work and be thankful to God.
            3. To pray for them unceasingly.
            4. To pray for the opportunity to meet face to face so that
              1. impart spiritual gifts to strengthen them
              2. to be mutually encouraged
              3. to reap some harvest of souls in reaching out to others in their community
              4. to be impartial in our sharing of the gospel, regardless of races, and social classes.
              5. to be confident in the power of the gospel and share boldly. Salvation is by faith and not by work. So we may feel inadequate but let us not be fearful and leave the result to God.

            The Sin of Man and the Judgement from God

            We learn the following points:

            1. There will be a judgment against all unrighteousness of men.
            2. Men unrighteousness is suppression of the truth.
            3. The truth, within the context, is the existence of God.
            4. The existence of the invisible God is clearly seen in the things created by Him. So men have no excuse for not knowing God.
            5.  Instead, men foolishly make the created thing their god! In the past, we found men worshipping trees, animals, the sun, the moon, etc. Some even make idols from woods and metals resulting in men worshipping their own created idols!
            6. At present time, any thing that replaces God in heart, such as wealth, reputation, children or spouse, could become our idols. We should not put anything higher than God.
            7. The worst is that men make their own desires above God. They corrupt the original purposes of bodies and dishonor their bodies in their lusts and committing all kinds of evil acts.
            8. The sins of men include covetousness, malice, envy, murder, strife, deceit, gossips, slanderers, haters of God, etc.
            9.  Internally though men know such acts are wrong, they nevertheless do them and even encourage others to them. Men think they can make immoral acts moral by either legalizing them or getting more people to do. Their justification will simply be, "All others are doing them and so it must be OK."
            10. God allows them to do whatever they like but will judgment one day for their sins.
            11. There is only one way out, which is to acknowledge our sins, and believe in the gospel by faith. We are so enslaved by sins that only Jesus Christ can free us through his death and resurrection.
            Lim Liat (c) 29-7-17


            Sin, The Alien and How to Kill it - Romans 7

            Sin is the alien, the foreign body, that invaded into our flesh and caused us to do what the very thing that we hate. Romans 7 explains how sin works and gives us the answer to kill it. 
            What is Sin?
            Most people will tell you about wrong acts. Some theologians will tell us about the original sin that it from Adam and Eve and that we all have it. All men are born sinful they say. But if you read Romans Chapter 7 carefully, you will find a different answer. Sin is not from us. Sin is the alien, the foreign body that invaded into our body and takes hold of us. Paul repeated twice, 7v17,20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. We are born good and we know God's laws are good and want to follow them. Paul again repeated twice, in verse 16 "Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good." and verse 22 "For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being".

            Romans 7 gives us the full story of God's law/commandments, sin and its working, and most importantly how are we saved from the power of sin through Christ and how we are to live in this new life through the Spirit. Here is my mind-map with some rephrasing of the biblical text to make it clearer to you. Please read the original text at the same time as you go through the mind-map.

            Sin is: (from the Star in the above mind-map)

            Sin is
            • Sin is the alien virus that invades us that kills us.Rom 7:9,11
            • Sin bind us through deceptions (just like the Devil from whom the sin came).
              • It lies that the Law is the demanding bad guy that condemn us.Rom 7:8
              • It twisted the effect of the Law from life to death Rom 7:10
              • It is the external intruder that cheated us that it is us and not an alien.Rom 7:17,20
              • We can be our own god and be rejecting a relationship with God.
            • Through Bondage
              • I know what is Good 7:16,22
              • BUT I could not do it 7:18, 23
            • Law is God's righteousness. It takes God to be like-God. So we are the rebirth in the Holy Spirit as Children of God.
            The Victory over Sin

            Sin's Destruction

            Jesus overcomes sin for us.
            • Rom 7:24
              • Wretched man that I am!
              • Who will deliver me from this body of death?
            • Rom 7:25
              • Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
              • Before
                • I myself serve the law of God with my mind,
                • but with my flesh(invaded by sin) I serve the law of sin.
            • But now
              • Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 
              • We are saved, belong to Christ, to glorify God
                • Rom 7:4 - Purpose
                  • You have died to the law through the body of Christ,
                  • so that you may belong to Christ
                    • who has been raised from the dead,
                  • that we may bear fruit for God.
                • Rom 7:6 -Method
                  • But now we are freed from the law,
                    • having died to that captor
                  • We serve in the new way of the Spirit
                    • Not in the old way of the written code.
                  • Spirit Led vs Law Enforcement
                  • Internal vs External
            Lim Liat (c) 22 Jul 2017


            Making My Cross easier to bear

            Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

            So far all preachers that I heard on this topic stressed on denying themselves in order to follow Jesus. They painted a story of the needs of suffering for Christ.

            Actually, the ability to bear the burden depends not on how great and able are we to suffer for Him but on knowing how good Christ is. The more we know His goodness and love, deserving all we can do and have for Him, the easier it is for us to deny ourselves. The more we preached on His goodness and less on our sufferings and the burden, the more we don't feel we are denying ourselves of anything; because knowing and experiencing Him is worth so much more. Hence Paul can boldly proclaim in Philippians 3:8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.

            To gain Christ, I am willing to forgo all. Please note that, what Paul counted as losses were not his weaknesses nor sins, but rather his position as a Pharisee of Pharisees, the protegee, his zeals for God etc. Things that the world and us will value highly.

            So Paul says again, 2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

            We should not just preach denying ourselves as if we are suffering for Christ and hence claiming credits that God owe us. But rather, as Paul, we forgo whatever, be it riches, comfort, honors, pleasures, that stop us from gaining Christ. We willing forgo such. The exchange is worth it, many times more. Do we know Jesus as good as that?

            He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he can never lose. – Jim Elliot.

            Am I missing anything? Am I suffering without purpose? Consider what you are gaining.

            Lim Liat (c) 19-7-17


            An In-Depth Look at the Fruit of the Spirit - The 9 Nine Habits of Attractive Believers

            Four key areas are discussed. What is the fruit of the Spirit? How to grow the fruit? How some believers behave at times worse than non-believers? How does it compare with the virtues of the Chinese philosophies? The answers help us to effective believers.
            I. What is the fruit of the Spirit?

            A fruit is an outcome.You can see, touch and taste a fruit. It is a brand that characterizes. A brand is not what the seller claims but is what customers say about the product over a long time of use. A fruit is then a habit. As Stephen Covey wrote the best-seller "The Seven Habits of Effective People", the fruit of the spirit can be rephrased as, "The 9 Attractive Habits of Spirit-filled Believers".  The fruit is the characters or virtues of believers. They can be compared against the virtues of other religions and philosophies as well. 

            Multi-faceted Fruit
            All the nine attributes to be described are of the same fruit. Consider the king of the fruits, durian. It has many very distinctive attributes such as the pungent smell, the thorny and hard outer crust, the smooth, creamy, sweet and bitter taste of the flesh of the seeds. They tell quickly it is a durian. Some, what characteristics, what smell and taste, do believers have that we can tell them apart at a distance or in a close range?

            The Nine Attributes of the Fruit of the Spirit
            Because the nine attributes such as love, joy, peace etc are commonly used terms, we are tempted to use our own understanding of the terms to explain them. Because they came from the same fruit, we will find many similar characteristics among the nine. For example, kindness and goodness sound like the same. Self-control and patience are needed in the handling of anger. In explaining the nine attributes, I will still to the following guides:
            • to highlight the differences and not to confuse with their similarity. Paul wouldn't have given us the list of nine if they are all similar. He gave us to show us nine different aspects of the same fruit. So we must be very discerning.
            • to let the Bible interpret the Bible. Every term should be explained within its context and if not, the other part of the Bible where the same term is used.
            • what a term 'is' and what a term 'is not' helps us understand the term better. For example, a four legs furniture could be a table or a chair. We can tell table a furniture with four legs to put things on and not for sitting upon. 
            We are blessed that the fruit listed in Gal 5:22-23 has a set negative attributes listed earlier in Gal 5:19-21. Then there is a corresponding list of meanings in 1 Cor 13:4-8 when Paul explained what love is in details. We can use two lists, and references to verses in other parts of the Bible, to define the clearer meaning of the various attributes. Below is mind-map to make for clarity.

            The Fruit of the Spirit Defined in Context

            The Catholic 12 Fruits of the Spirit
            The Catholic has a list of 12 instead of the 9. I think that is because some of the attributes are contained in the other and but they feel it is important enough to separate them out. I will try to put refer back to the 9-item list earlier.

            1) Charity. - 1 love
            2) Joy. - 2 joy
            3) Peace. - 3 peace
            4) Patience. - 4 patience
            5) Benignity. - 5 kindness
            6) Goodness. - 6 goodness
            7) Longanimity. - an attribute that is in 4 Patience.
            8) Mildness. - 8 gentleness
            9) Faith. - 7 faithfulness
            10) Modesty. - an attribute that that is related to 8 Gentleness/Meekness
            11) Continency.- 9 self-control
            12) Chastity.- related to 7 faithfulness to one spouse.

            A Shorter List Please - Only 3

            Eph 5:9 Fruit Of The Spirit Is In All
            1. Goodness
              Exo 33:19 And He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee, and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.” Hence, Goodness includes Grace and Mercy
            2. Righteousness
              This is hidden in kindness and also the goodness of the Fruit of the Spirit. Kindness and goodness have an implied standards of what is right or wrong.
            3. Truth
              This is in the joy attribute of the fruit of the Spirt where it rejoices in the truth.
            II. How to grow the fruit?

            The answer is given by Jesus in John 15:1-2. However, most of the Bible translations got it wrong by translation the Greek airo G142 as take-away or cut-off. But looking up the Thayer's Concordance, we get the following definition:

            Thayer Definition:
            1) to raise up, elevate, lift up
            2) to take upon one’s self and carry what has been raised up, to bear
            3) to bear away what has been raised, carry off

            Note that of the 3 meanings, the first two are about raise-up and bearing it and only the third is about removal. The context of the passage will show us which is the right definition to use. So far, the Companion Bible Revised, 1909 by E.W. Bullinger got it right. It is quoted below:

            I Am the True Vine Joh 15
            1. I Am the real vine, and My Father is the husbandman.
              (Jesus is the vine and the believers are the branches)
            2. a. Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He raiseth [from groveling on the ground] and
              (Note that this non-fruit-bearing branch in already in Jesus. Verse 4-6 tells us that only those not abiding Jesus can bear fruit and those that abide not will be cast out. So this in Jesus branch should not be cast out but be cared for and raised up. There were external conditions that cause it not to bear fruit.)

              b. every branch that beareth fruit, He cleanseth it, in order that it may bear more fruit.
              (This branch got it right but has the potential to have more fruits. He is wasting energy on non-strategic things and hence those activities should be trimmed off and the energy channeled to growing fruit. In business, we call this Lean Manufacturing)
            3. Already ye are clean on account of the word which I have spoken unto you.
              (How do we get cleaned? By His Words)
            4. Abide in Me, I also abide in you, for As the branch is not able to bear fruit of itself, if not it abide in the vine; even so neither can ye, if not ye abide in Me.
              (Abide in Jesus to bear fruit)
            5. I Am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for apart from Me ye can do nothing.
            6. If a man abides not in Me, he was cast forth as the branch, and was withered; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
            7. If ye abide in Me, and My sayings abide in you, ask what ye desire, and it shall come to pass to you.
              (You get what God says – our will get changed by His words so that we ask and receive according to God’s heart and will)
            There are other growth models. Peter gave us an 8-stage model in 2Pet 1:5-7. John gave us the children- young man - father 3-stage model in 1 John 2. In Roman 5, Paul gave us another one. I compiled a unified growth model here.

            III Understand why believers at times behave worse than non-believers

            The Parable of the Sower gives us the reasons - stolen, pressured, lured away and only the fourth one remains to produce fruits. If we follow the vine-model above, then the lag of fruit is could be due to the first 3 reasons of the sower parable. They are not to be cast out but rather be cared for, taught and corrected that they grow. Fruit takes some time. going through different stages, to grow. So those in the early stages of growth may show no signs of a fruit. Maybe just some small flower buds for others to see.

            IV How Does it Compares with Chinese Virtues?

            Confucius School has a popular list of 5 and a more complete list of 10.
            1. 仁、love, charity.
            2. 义、righteousness
            3. 礼、proper conduct, good manners
            4. 智、wisdom
            5. 信、integrity, trustworthiness
            6. 忠、faithfulness
            7. 孝、filial piety - Elders loves younger, younger respect elders.
            8. 节、self-control
            9. 勇、boldness, decisiveness
            10. 和. Harmony and Peace.

            Lao Zi teaches 3 Treasures.
            The three are love, thriftiness and not to fight for first. See Three Treasures for Your Greatness - DaoDeJing 67

            You can see that the Chinese virtues lists match well with the Fruit of the Spirit list and expand our mind to learn of more virtues that complement our understanding.

            The Purpose of Our Salvation is to Bear Fruit!

            We are saved to bear fruit: salvation is the beginning & fruit is the destination

            (Rom 7:4) Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.

            (Phil 1:11) filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

            (Col 1:10) so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

            (Heb 12:11) For the moment all discipline(the way and the process to bear fruit) seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

            Prayer for All Believers:
            May we all abide in Christ, in his Word, and in Communion with Him through the Holy Spirit and be filled with the Spirit in all that we do as we grow the fruit of the Spirit to be effective and attractive ambassadors of Him.

            Lim Liat (c) 7-7-17


            Christian Truth In The Chinese Characters

            Many years ago before the rise of blogging and social media, I have written about how the Genesis story was captured in Chinese Characters. You can find such articles easily now by googling. But this is my arrangement for your consideration:
            Introduction: Chinese characters are forms from three sources:

            1. By sound: 爸 BA: 妈 MA;
            2. Most commonly by Picture: 口 : mouth; 大 : big
            3. By grouping of existing words to form a new word:
            木 : wood, tree; 林 : forest; 森 林 : jungle.
            天 : sky: = 一 + 大 the largest one.  Representing God or Heaven.

            The Four Beginnings:
            1. First Man: 先 (first):= / (alive) + 土(earth) + 儿 (son)
              Gen 2:7 God created man from the earth. 
            2. First Family: 元 (beginning, first) = 二 (two) + 儿 (child)
              Gen 2:22 God created Eve from Adam to have the first family.
              肉 (flesh) = 人 (person) + 门 (shape of a body) + 人 (person) 
            3. Beginning of Sin:
              Gen 3:6 始 (beginning) = 女 (girl) + 口 (mouth) + (shape of fruit)
              Note: use of girl, not man (男 ).
              禁 (forbidden) = 林 (garden) + 示 (notice)
              婪 (covet) = 林 (garden) + 女 (girl)
              豸 = an animal without legs(snake) = head with two eyes + feather + standing body
              (本指长脊兽,如猫、虎之类。引申为无脚的虫,体多长,如蚯蚓之类;有足谓之虫,无足谓之豸。——《尔雅》 ;大虫,即老虎。《水浒传》武松打虎中曾经提到。)
              裸 (naked) = 衣 (clothes) + 果 (fruit) 
            4. Beginning of Salvation:
              初 (first) = 衣 (clothes) + 刀 knife;
              God kill an animal and make clothes of skin for them. 
            The most meaningful word that captures the essence of Christianity is the word Righteousness.

            義 = 羊 over 我
            when there is a sacrificial lamb covering me, I am righteous.
            John 1:29 "behold, the lamb that takes away the sins of man ..."

            Miraculously, the simplified stroke of the same character is written as:
            义 which is clearly is Cross and a dot (head &#xNAN;).

            The death of Christ on the cross gives us justification and righteousness.
            活 (alive) = 水 water + 舌 tongue. As we confess our sins, and Jesus as our Saviour,
            Jesus cleanses us and gives us eternal life.

            Story of Noah
            船 ship = 舟 boat + 八 eight + 口 month
            The Big Ship is about having 8 people in a boat. Noah + Wife + 3 sons and 3 daughters-in-laws

            Lim Liat(c) 4 Jul 2017


            Am I a fool? Check it up with Proverbs 26

            Proverbs 26 is all about fools. It teaches how to deal with a fool. It reveals two kinds of fools. The proud fool who thinks he is a know all and hence never learn, lazy and reckless because of his foolishness. The other kind of fool is the cunning and evil fool who thinks he can manipulate others through flatteries and trickeries violating the laws of righteousness and integrity.
            The Summary of Proverbs 26

            The Full Mindmap of Proverbs 26

            Lim Liat (c) 30 Jun 2017


            How to Make Effective Conversations - Proverbs 25

            Proverbs 25 teaches us how to make effective conversations - conversations that discover the truth, change behavior and bring harmony.  See the details: (The Bible verses are from ESV unless otherwise indicated)

            Effective Conversations:

            The Summary Mind-map:

            The Full Text:
            - Authorship - Solomon
            • - Pro 25:1 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.
            - 1 Discover Hidden Truth - The 1st Step of Conversation
            • - The Heart of Man is most Difficult to know
              • - Pro 25:3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.

                • The higher their positions, the more difficult it is for us to know their hearts' intentions.
              • - God hides & Man Discovers - This is Story/Purpose of Science
                • - Pro 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.

            • - Divide to Understand - Go Below the Surface
              • - Pro 25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel;

                To discover the truth, we need to filter out the noises, excuses, blames, and the smoke screens thrown at you.
            • - Remove Evil Discovered
              • - Pro 25:5 take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.

              • Now that you discover the evils, you must take steps to remove them so that the good ones can flourish. 
            - 2 Not to Show-off - Don't Think You are that Important
            • - Pro 25:6 Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great,
            • - Pro 25:7 for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.

            • Don't talk down to people. Don't praise yourself and be contradicted by others. Better for others to praise you.
            - 3 Litigation - Don't Be Hasty -Talk to Person Involved 1st
            • - Pro 25:8 What your eyes have seen do not hastily bring into court, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame?There is more than what you have seen.
              • - It is risky business to accuse others publicly in court.
                • - Selwin, of London: “A man who deliberates about going to law should have,
                  • 1. A good cause;
                  • 2. A good purse;
                  • 3. A good skillful attorney;
                  • 4. Good evidence;
                  • 5. Good able counsel;
                  • 6. A good upright judge;
                  • 7. A good intelligent jury; and with all these on his side, if he have not,
                  • 8. Good luck, it is odds but he miscarries in his suit.” O the glorious uncertainty of the law!
                • - Pro 25:9 - [ISV]Instead, take up the matter with your neighbor and don't betray another person's confidence.Always talk to the person involved to get the truth. Don't betray in order to win. The best is not go into litigation and be forced to.
                    • The warning would seem to be against being betrayed by a litigious spirit into dishonourable conduct, and incurring the indelible shame of betraying confidence through eagerness to win your suit.
                    • if you know anything scandalous and reproachful of your neighbour and his family, you are contending with, which does not concern the cause in hand, do not divulge it, as persons from a spirit of revenge are apt to do, when they are quarrelling or litigating a point with each other.
                • - Pro 25:10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end.
                - 4 Fit the Occasion - Be Sensitive
                • - Pro 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
                • - Pro 25:20 Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda.
                  • - 5 Earn the Rights to SpeakGain the trust - listen to show care
                    • - Gain a Listening Ears 1st that your advice may be accepted.
                      • - Pro 25:12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
                          • Gain the trust first v13
                    • - Trustworthy Words
                      • - Pro 25:13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.
                  6 Content
                  • - Truthful Words
                    • - Truthful - No Boasting
                      • - Pro 25:14 Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
                    • - Lie not
                      • - Pro 25:18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.
                  • - Few good words - Not Long message
                    • - Pro 25:16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
                  • - Good News
                    • - Pro 25:25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
                  7 Manner: Softly & patiently
                  • - Pro 25:15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.
                  8 Avoiding
                  • - Interfere Not
                    • - Pro 25:17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
                  • - Believe Not Treacherous Man - There are people out there to give fake evidence
                    • - Pro 25:19 Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
                  • - Bad-mouthing Not
                    • - Pro 25:23 The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
                  • - Quarrels Not
                    • - Pro 25:24 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
                  • - Compromise Not - Stick to Righteousness
                    • - Pro 25:26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
                  9 Attitudes
                  • - Love
                    • - Pro 25:21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
                    • - Pro 25:22 for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.
                      (note: burning coals are put on containers and then on the head to keep people warm during winter time).
                  • - Humility - No self-glorification
                    • - Pro 25:27 It is not good to eat much honey,
                      Don't overdo
                      • nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory.
                        Don't do it for selfish reasons.
                  • - Self Control
                    • - Pro 25:28 A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
                      • be gentle v15
                      • be concise v16
                      • be loving v21
                      • be humble v27
                      • not overdo v27
                  Lim Liat (c) 28-6-17