Day 16: You get a bonus today because there is so much similar wording in the Hebrew Scriptures.
1 Peter 3:10-12: He who would love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil, and do good. Let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears open to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
Today’s Bonus Section:
Job 28:28: And to man he said, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.”
Psalm 34:14: Depart from evil, and do good. Seek peace, and pursue it.
Psalm 37:27: Depart from evil, and do good; live securely forever.
Proverbs 3:7: Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
Proverbs 16:6: By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.
Proverbs 16:17: The highway of the upright is to depart from evil. He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
Purpose of These Posts
I am conducting an experiment. I am going to post one verse or passage a day for as long as I can that addresses works for the Christian. I’m guessing I can keep it up for at least six months. I won’t stretch any passages out by dividing them into individual verses. If a whole passage is discussing works, I’ll use the whole passage that day.
I am doing this because “works” has become a taboo word in many Christian circles. Every time it is used, an apology must be given, and someone must explain that we are not saved by works. This happens despite the fact that James said that we are “justified by works” without any apology or explanation. If he can violate our social taboos, we should, too.
These will be short, so they’re not in place of regular posts. If you entered on this blog’s home page, make sure you look at the second post, too, which is probably more important.