"The lips of the righteous nourish many." ~ Proverbs 10:21
It’s the healthy, well-fed, intelligently cared for sheep ..rather than the sickly ones due to neglect, a toxic-intake, fleecing, and different types of exploiting.. that naturally reproduce to the glory of the Lord.
Opt to stop and hear from the Chief Shepherd on how He wants you to do it, but feed instead of fleece.. yes, nurture em with God’s Word.
It would be good if we all learned to be silent and still.
There is indeed “a time to be silent and a time to speak” (Eccl. 3:7).
You know how there’s a good kinda and silence and one that’s not good. Some people clam up too much.. to their own hurt. But the positive type is a silence for listening, thinking, and learning truth. It’s a humble kinda silence and it helps with the right kinda hearing, the right kinda understanding, and as an outgrowth the right kinda speaking.
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,” says the proverb,“but one who has insight draws them out” (Prov. 20:5). It takes a lot of focused listening–genuine concern–to get all the way to the bottom of the issue at times.
Knowing the Lord well needs to precede making the Lord well known. The worshiping of the Lord needs to come before witnessing for the Lord. Hearing what He has to say to me; it needs to come before all feeding, equipping and winning others. Let’s seek first the Kingdom God and His righteousness.
Him or her that labors must be first partaker of the fruits, otherwise won't they be famished and.. in a sense no good for helping others?
Yeah, why not we first be well-fed, and then feed well. You know we impart what we are, so let's live it well and allow the Lord's strength to beget strength in others. Sure, the Bible says, "The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead .."2 Timothy 2:6
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