Note: Our greatest belief, as a follower of Christ, is in the Word of God. An out-pouring of that should be an attitude which is not judgmental as we interact with those around us. Not that we are to believe everyone at face value, but to line up our thoughts with Christ.
“The simple believes every word,
But the prudent considers well his steps.”
• Ellicott: And so, having no fixed principles by which to go, often takes a wrong step; while the prudent man considers well (Proverbs 14:8) whither each step will lead, and therefore does not go astray.
“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,
all things are possible to him who believes.”
Immediately the father of the child cried out
and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
• Barnes: Jesus here demanded “faith” or confidence in his power of healing. His design here is to show the man that the difficulty in the case was not in the want of “power” on his part, but in the want of “faith” in the man; in other words, to rebuke him for having “doubted” at all whether he “could” heal him.
• Our Hope…
And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has
determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should
seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from
each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets
have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’
Note: Envy affects every part of one’s body, even to the inner most parts. Bitter envy is in direct response to those around us. It interacts with people we are envious of their success, performance, or gift. Yes, even spiritual gifts. Envy seeks its own success.
“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.” Proverbs 14:30 (ESV)
Gills: “but envy the rottenness of the bones; a man that envies the happiness and prosperity of others, this preys upon his own spirits, and not only wastes his flesh, but weakens and consumes the stronger parts of his body, the bones;”
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” James: 3:13-16 (NKJV)
Poole: (14) “…though it pretends to be zeal, yet is really no other than envy; and partly because it commonly proceeds from an embittered spirit and tends to the embittering it more.”
Note: If we examine the kindness God has revealed to us we can learn a lot. God, through His Son Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, is our example of supreme kindness. Often we are willing to comfort during crisis, but should it not be a continual effort?
“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit…” Titus 3:3-5
Cambridge Bible: “The contrast is striking; God hated the sinners’ sins, and the sinners hated one another, but God loved all the sinners through it all, and at the right time let His ‘loving kindness’ ‘appear.’”
“He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty. Job 6:14
Pulpit: “The first duty of a comforter is to compassionate his afflicted friend, to condole with him, and show his sympathy with his sufferings.”
Note: I’ve never thought being impatient was a pride situation, but now acknowledge it certainly can be in many cases.
“Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” Ecclesiastes 7:8
Benson: “…and the patient in spirit — Who quietly waits for the issue of things, and is willing to bear hardships and inconveniences in the mean time; is better than the proud in spirit — Which he puts instead of hasty or impatient, because pride is the chief cause of impatience.”
“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” James 5:7-8
Barnes: “The idea seems to be, that we should wait for things to develop themselves in their proper season, and should not be impatient before that season arrives. In due time we may expect the harvest to be ripened. We cannot hasten it.”