(com)pati-, pt.2

WAIT! If you haven’t read pt.1 yet, please go back and do that! You’re gonna need the full picture for this series.

A couple weeks ago, the mantle fell on me to continue a study on Galatians 5:22-23. It’s always been a fun passage to read, especially once I realized that “fruit” is singular for a reason–this is a package deal. I ended up picking patience, but I quickly realized that the word itself is a package within a package.

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(com)pati-, pt.1

After a long, long, long hiatus, BIBLE BREAKDOWNS ARE BACK!

These were actually my main motivation for starting a blog (posting pictures full of text on Snapchat got slightly confusing), but even with all the Bible studies I’ve put together recently, I never sat down to share them with y’all. That’s really what these Breakdowns are; me studying the Bible. I started off thinking I could fit it all in one post, but it’s turned into at least a three-parter. I’d recommend packing some snacks for the road, because this is about to be a super nerdy, etymology-heavy journey from yours truly.

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something corny from a Cornell student

I know a lot of my college friends dread #examszn, a week-ish long period when they have exams for all of their classes.

We don’t have that at Cornell.

Up on the hill, each class independently schedules its prelims (preliminary examinations). For some students, this means that they’ll have one prelim a week (if any), a coveted arrangement that makes it easier to balance the many demands of college. Others can have weeks of pure bliss sporadically punctuated by back to back to back prelims and midterms and interviews (oh my!).

I’m currently caught in the second situation, so I’ve been juggling a lot of information; some of it educating, and some of it edifying. In biology, I learned something that brought the two together.

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will my unforgiveness keep me out of heaven?

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Matthew 6:14-15 NKJV

These two verses come right after the Lord’s Prayer, and in complete transparency, they had me pretty shook. If I won’t forgive somebody, and God won’t forgive me because I won’t forgive, how am I gonna get into heaven?

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got fruit?

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Matthew 7:15-20 NKJV

 

Are you bearing good fruit? If not, you probably need to be pruned.

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