Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – remember when that word hit the airwaves in the film Mary Poppins! And can you say it backwards? And how about this word— pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis It is a real word and refers to a lung disease contracted from the inhalation of very fine silica particles specifically from a volcano, and is also the longest word in any English dictionaries. Words describe diseases, but can also cause dis-ease – ever had a bout of motor-mouth or foot-in-mouth syndrome! I blush now as I think of the times I wish I had ‘zipped-the-lip’! IN GEAR James Chapter 3: likens the tongue to an unbridled horse. An unbridled horse can be controlled by the rider, but it requires a fully submissive horse, fully listening and fully obedient. Does that describe your tongue, fully in control? It doesn’t describe mine, especially when I am tired or in a situation I don’t want to be in. My tongue certainly needs my full attention whenever it is in gear. I’m glad that God’s Word has words like love, grace, forgiveness; words we can all understand and don’t need to look up in a dictionary or google on the web to find out what the heck they mean. (What does google mean?) I like the fact that their meaning doesn’t change as with some of the words in current use today. I suspect that Gay/Gaynor is no longer used as a girl’s name. I’m glad and relieved, that justified still means that my standing with God is ‘just-as-if’ I had never sinned.
I also like God’s definition of forgive, to ‘cease to demand punishment’, and that when He says He has forgotten the sins of those who come to Him for forgiveness, means He is ‘unable to remember’ what they are talking about. This seems to be the only time we can say we remember more than God. Perhaps we should come in line with God’s definition when it comes to remembering our sins? What power and hope is found in God’s Word … the Word itself is Life, Jesus is the Living Word of God and as we read He reveals himself to us. When we know Him, then we know we can believe the promises His Word gives each of us.
Just how lucky we are to have God’s Word available to us, to read whenever and wherever we choose. There is nowhere else to find the answer to life’s purpose. Judy Pitt, Jamestown, South Australia.