[PC-USA] 2020-05-26 - Lessons from a Phoebe

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First, I would like to say thank you to all our readers who are veterans, and to those of you who have lost loved ones during their service in our armed forces, I am so sorry for your loss - and I so appreciate the sacrifice that your family members and you made for our freedoms. Thank GOD for all our veterans willing to serve us, both in war times and peace times. Please pray for those who lost loved ones during their military service. Jan

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We have a Phoebe who likes to nest on our front porch. Both she and the Daddy bird took good care of them, feeding them until they were able to take care of themselves. Her babies fledged about a week ago. Only a few hours after the little ones flew out of the nest, the Mama went back into that nest and cleaned it out. She did not dawdle. I thought that was very efficient,

I believe we can learn from Mrs. Phoebe, and I do not just mean in our housekeeping (though I do confess that I seem to have a clutter magnet on my back). In our spiritual lives, we need to "keep short accounts with God," as I once heard a pastor say. As soon as we realize we have sinned, we need to immediately confess it, to keep a closer relationship with God. As John taught us, "But if we confess our sins to him,[a] he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins." (1 John 1:9, TLB)

The same goes for our relationships with others. As Christ Himself taught us,

"If your brother sins against you, go and confront him privately. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over." (Matthew 18:!5, Berean Study Bible)

And naturally, the same applies to our sins against others. If we have wronged someone, and God is leading us to confess, we should ask for God's timing, and then "just do it."

I hope that by the time our Phoebe has another brood, I will have the peace of having followed her example with God and my fellow man.

[email jan] Jan

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