Verse 1 in this
Paul is talking about our eternal reward:."For
we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle.(our
we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the
Also in the last verse of
the previous chapter he talks about this:."While
we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not
seen. For the things which are seen are temporal;
but the things
which are not seen are eternal."
we actually and individually going to be judged by Christ?
for the word 'evil' in the original Greek.(New
a word meaning 'a maker of mischief',
'delighting in injury',
to others', 'causing one to be in danger', 'destructive', all meaning,
of such a bad nature
It's talking about a mode
of thinking that works from ill
will toward something or toward someone, that is, acting from feelings
that are base.(selfish
pleasures and devices at another's expense),
wrong, wicked, troublesome, injurious, pernicious,
Evil comes out of feelings
of resentment, that is, you wouldn't
treat another negatively
if you didn't resent him.
2556 describes the effects
of this type of attitude. Other Greek words describe the attitude.
If you see the effects, you see the attitude:.Matthew
2556 is used for 'evil' in
and in Acts 9:13. It is translated 'harm'
in Acts 16:28.
Evil is those things which
come from a heart of spite,
those things which are bad, severe,
thoughts which lead to things ruinous,
harmful, destructive, painful, injurious in effect and that which causes
suffering and hardship.
Evil is those things that
hurt the self and/or others, although perpetrators
of evil don't realize they are also hurting themselves, because the results
of their thoughts and actions later come upon them and their lives; we
what we have sown. The reason they come later in life is so people
with negative qualities have time for waking up on their own and thus
change without severe
heartache. The Creator is kind,
even to the evil. But are
we even alert to listening?
Scriptures on evil:.Psalms
52:3-5 "You love evil more than
good and lying rather than to speak righteousness. You love all devouring
words, O you deceitful tongue. God shall likewise destroy you for ever,
He shall take you away and pluck you out of your dwelling place and root
you out of the land of the living.(God
did just that on a grand scale by sending whole
nations into captivity)." Psalms
52:7 "Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength but trusted
in the abundance of his riches and strengthened himself in his wickedness."
5:10 is describing our.(those
called by God now).time
to qualify for a position in the spiritual government of God to reign
on this Earth through the entire mass
consciousness being changed and your
critical part in it all, a time of course that terminates with the
of our physical life.
In this qualifying, how we
apply love is most important. And we will be judged by our application
of these scriptures:.Romans
13:10; 1Corinthians 10:6;
The Lord wants the wicked
to become good:.Ezekiel
In other words, no matter
what, always act in the most loving way you know how to and keep learning
more about the art of love.
-An example of kindness,
of loving the spirit in another:
"MY LITTLE BROTHER"
"Growing up with a brother
who was 7 years older was difficult. Scott was my idol and it hurt a lot
not to be able to go the places he did or hang out with his friends. I
was always the dorky younger brother who tried so hard to just fit in.
All I ever wanted was for him to be proud of me. So, when Scott announced
that he was going to work the summer teaching mentally challenged kids
and asked if I'd like to volunteer, I jumped at the chance to spend the
time with him. I was 14 and the only volunteer at the program.
"Everyone else was 21 and
above, either earning college credits in Special Education like my brother
or trying to make a few bucks for the summer. We had approximately 30 students,
ranging in age from 8 to 21, with the majority being my age. I had never
had much exposure to the world of the mentally challenged and was a bit
taken aback on my first day.
"Wheelchair after wheelchair
rolled off the bus, each with its own special passenger, smiles brighter
than the sun in summer. Parent's dropping off their bundles
of joy, each one filled with the same excitement I felt my first day of
"And then there was Mikey.
Mikey was 9 years old, tall, thin and severely emotionally disturbed. He
stood alone in the corner, weaving back and forth, afraid. It was as if
he was invisible to all the other students and counselors. I walked over
to him, reached out my hand and he began to scream. I remember the look
of embarrassment in my brother's eyes. I wanted to crawl under a rock and
just quit. I backed away and tended to the other students.
"Every morning Mikey would
get dropped off by his mother and every morning he would go to the same
corner where he spent most of his day alone. Even other students would
avoid him, not wanting to listen to the screaming or tantrums he would
throw. Each afternoon the counselors would have their students pair off
and do different activities. And each afternoon Mikey would remain
in the corner, watching.
"Feeling more comfortable,
I approached the director and asked her about Mikey. She explained that
he has been coming to the program for the past couple years and this was
how he spent his days and no one had the time needed to spend with him.
I asked her if I could be assigned to him. She didn't respond at first
and I could see the whole "You are only 14 years old! What can you
do?" look in her eyes. "Sure, go ahead. What could it hurt?" she finally
"So each morning Mikey would
come in and I would be waiting for him. He would walk over to his corner
and I would tag right along, standing or sitting next to him for hours,
not saying a word. He would scream and everyone would look, but I
would just stare straight back at them, determined not to quit. This went
on for two weeks. I knew all the counselors were talking about me to my
brother. This was not what I had envisioned my summer to turn into. It
was suppose to strengthen the bond between my brother and I, not make it
"Then something happened
that changed my life forever. I overslept one morning and my brother
had already taken off to work. I jumped on my bike and rushed to the school,
embarrassed for over sleeping and worried I would be in trouble. I walked
into the classroom and the room went silent. "Oh no" I thought. That's
when I heard it. Someone was clapping their hands. I shrugged it off as
a student just expressing their excitement. Then someone else began clapping.
Another student, I thought. No, it was one of the counselors. What was
going on? Then it erupted. Everyone was clapping. Were they all being sarcastic
that I was late? It was at that moment that I locked eyes with my brother.
He was clapping the loudest out of everyone and smiling at me. I just stood
there puzzled until the Director of the program approached me and explained
that it had to do with Mikey.
"Apparently when Mikey arrived
that morning and couldn't find me he went around from table to table, counselor
to counselor, asking "Where's Paul? Where's Paul?" The Director informed
me that those were the first words Mikey had spoken in the past couple
years. I didn't know what to say. I could feel my eyes beginning to fill
with tears. I looked over to Mikey in his corner and he was smiling, pointing
to me and saying "Paul! Paul! Paul!" I felt a hand on my shoulder. It was
Scott. "This is my little brother" he kept reminding everyone with pride
in his voice. It was then I began to cry.
"The next year I was hired
to be a counselor. I was only 15 and had to get a worker's permit. I was
in charge of my own group of students and had a college girl as my assistant.
As for Mikey, his family moved out West and I was saddened by the fact
that I would never see him again. I hoped that he was all right and thought
of him that whole summer.
"The last day of the program
I received a postcard from California. In barely legible handwriting were
the words "Hi Paul". It was from Mikey. I knew he was going to be okay."....Paul