I. Introduction: On April 18th, 2021 we had a lesson on the balanced handling of knowledge (https://www.wordsoftruth.net/abalancedhandleonknowledge2021.html). Within that lesson, the point was made that knowledge can be burdensome because it brings sorrow (Ecclesiastes 1:18). That is an indisputable fact!
A. When we learn the truth the first reaction is that truth is sweet (Psalms 119:103).
- Like the prophets experienced however, sometimes the effect later brings bitterness (Revelation 10:9-10).
- For most of us, this is because we realize how many people are lost and that we cannot do much about that (Psalms 119:136 and Romans 9:1-3).
- Even Jesus experienced this (Luke 19:41-44).
- If we decide to constantly think about those who are lost, we will be sorrowful (Philippians 3:17-19).
- We don’t want to completely dismiss consequences of sin on those lost, for that is motivation to help them (II Corinthians 5:10-11).
- If we continually focus on the sorrowful, it will not do us good (Proverbs 12:25).
- Having said that, we can/should/must consider the good that comes to us and our brethren through the word of God (II Thessalonians 2:14-17).
II. Body: “Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage [meaning: inheritance] for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart” (Psalms 119:111).
A. You can choose to focus on the word of God as the word of salvation rather than the word of condemnation for those you love (Acts 13:266).
- Realizing that the lost CHOOSE to be such (Luke 7:29-30 and Acts 13:44-46).
- If you got a vaccine and others chose not to, they died and you lived because you got the vaccine, would you blame the vaccine for their deaths? *Note: I am not personally a fan of vaccines and am not getting a Covid Vaccine, this is just an illustration not a promotion of anything.
- It has always been God’s will for man to choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19-20, Ezekiel 18:30-32, and I Timothy 2:4).
- His saving word has long been available to all mankind (Matthew 28:16-20 and Romans 16:25-26; cf. Hebrews 8:7-13).
- If that weight is holding you back, set it aside (Hebrews 12:1-3).
- That wisdom is found in the principle of shaking the dust (Matthew 10:14).
- Rather than the lost relationships, think of the eternal ones you have gained (Ephesians 1:10; 3:15).
- Focus on the enlightenment you have found (Ephesians 1:18).
- The word of God can operate effectively in your life IF you allow it to do so (I Thessalonians 2:12-13).
- His word is not burdensome (I John 5:1-3), so if it is such for you understand that you’re making it burdensome.
- When used aright, that sweet taste continues (Psalms 119:97-105).
- The word of God is an awesome guide in all things (Psalms 119:24, Proverbs 6:23, and I John 2:24-25).
- If allowed, the word of God can comfort us (Psalms 119:50).
- The obvious (Romans 1:16-17).
- To show and remind people that God is the God of benefit and salvation (Psalms 68:19-20).
- That in all the uncertainty this world has to offer, there is a constant truth that they can look to that will not perish (I Peter 1:22-25).
- Think about how we can pass down the truth to the next generation (Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Deuteronomy 11:16-22, Psalms 78:5-7, and II Timothy 1:5; 3:14-17).
- Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way (Psalms 119:9; cf. Proverbs 1:1-4)?
- Think about how our view of the Scriptures can affect the youth among us and what that can lead to (Matthew 23:31-33)! *Not that children don’t have freewill (Ezekiel 18:14-20).
- Think about how the word of God becomes evil spoken of when it is not lived aright in front of others (Titus 2:3-5).
- Obviously, the benefits found in the Scriptures could be a much larger and longer point. Think on that and how such benefits us and could benefit others if we so choose to help them see that!
III. Conclusion: Psalms 19:8, Psalms 119:14, Psalms 119:162, and Jeremiah 15:16
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