July 3rd Friday.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. James 3:9-12
” To bless means to speak well of.” It also means to do spiritual good to someone. God blesses his people eternally (Ps.21:6). Jesus took elect infants in his arms and blessed them–JK. Hanko states, “(God) assumes all responsibility for our total care in life, in death, and forever in the world to come”–that is blessing!
Cursing (or speaking evil of) a person is “when we tell others of his sins and faults, whether true or false….when we degrade (someone) and attempt with our speech to ruin his reputation.” So we as believers may bless God (e.g. in church) and then go home and curse other people. Men and women originally made in God’s image ought to be blessed by one another. Although all have lost totally God’s image which consists knowledge (of God), righteousness and holiness (Col.3:10, Eph.4:24) notwithstanding this fact God blesses men by turning them away from their sins (Acts 3:26) and so should we attempt to do in his name and by his power. Let us make it our aim, if we want to speak critically of another, to do so to their face and not behind their back. Like a water spring let us aim to bring forth only fresh spring water.
The Trinis have a way with original names for things: Milk (never seen a Friesian here!) and artificial sweetener!
On Monday 6th (DV) six of us (three Kennedys, Monica, Chris and Kirstin) fly over to that Caribbean jewel called Tobago for a week. See videos below.