Kate said refrain
I definitely did not think of the musical context. In fact, I didn’t think of anything until I opened to the back of my Bible and checked out the concordance. And, it gave me a couple of ideas.
Refrain & Restrain
Are synonymous – and they are two verbs I need to pay more attention to. It is hard for me to refrain and restrain AND, especially, in this Covid19 mess. But, and I have to be emphatic about this – I believe in telling the truth even when it’s hard.
So, today I offer you a couple of scriptures:
But he sent messengers to him, saying, “What have I to do with you, king of Judah? I have not come against you this day, but against the house with which I have war; for God commanded me to make haste. Refrain from meddling with God, who is with me, lest He destroy you.” 2 Chronicles 35.21
For… “He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. 11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3.10-12
Where should our restraint be?
I, for one, will not meddle with God. I learned a very long time ago that I am NOT Holy Spirit. God does such a phenomenal job at being God.
I will not speak lies to my readers…EVER. Truth Only Allowed Here. Even when it is hard. The devil deceives and I will not fall into his trap.
O! The webs we weave when we practice to deceive!
I shall refrain from evil and deception.
The traps of refrain
Passion can be a trap for me – I am on passion overload when it comes to Truth. And, the trap is social media. C19 has unleashed the hounds of hell – but I have found a few sensible videos and exposes and I will not refrain from sharing. I believe our childhood Sunday School chorus warrants a new verse:
O! Be careful little finger where you share – there’s our Father up above looking down with eyes of love – o! be careful little finger what you share!
May be easier said than done – but my inner self is subject to myself – no one can “make” me say or do anything that I don’t allow. Forgive if I blurt and I will blurt at times. But, truth can have no refrain or restraint – we must be careful and cautious how we deliver it.