Be on your guard

Posted: 2014/03/29 in Uncategorized

“Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.”

These are the words from Peter in his second epistle; he was the first to draw his sword when the temple soldiers came for Christ in the garden, as well as the first to deny knowing Christ three times before the rooster crowed at sunrise. Yet he went on to become a symbol of hope and a guiding light for me.

Brother Ron understands the passion and the fear of Peter when faced with adversity; because I had to make in real life and death situations myself, split second decisions.

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RRiedell 298

The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Here is a story a friend told me, it is an analogy of a two-edge sword. I can’t imagine an officer of the court doing this or maybe I can? Nevertheless, here is the story.

A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, and then insured them against, among other things, fire.

Within a month, having smoked all his cigars, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost ‘in a series of small fires.

The insurance company refused to pay, citing what might be the obvious reason, that the cigars had been consumed in the normal fashion.

The lawyer sued and WON!

Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable, and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered ‘fire’, the insurance company was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling, and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars that perished in the fires.

After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!

With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property, and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.

Being cut with your own sword is one of the dangers of a two edged sword.

RRiedell 119

The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Fragment from the Gospel of John

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I may never know the decision making process or Peter’s intent during the questioning by the Temple guards. What I do know is that Peter lighted the way for me to the Divine Nature and cautioned me to beware of the lawless.

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