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Sat, May 24 2014 - 11:42 AM


2Peter 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

Self-willed people are much like an ingrown toenail.

They start normal but, as they grow, they encroach into other’s areas.

Toenails normally grow out on top of the toe but surrounded by skin under and on both sides of them. Like many people who grow into society, interacting with others and finding their proper place.

John 11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.

Most of the time, toenails grow out normally but, occasionally they push or grow to one side or the other and encroach into the skin beside them. They are not supposed to be there but, at first, the skin will give them a little more room, trying to keep everything normal.

1Corinthians 6:7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

1Corinthians 6:8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

 As the toenail pushes deeper into the skin, the skin makes room for it but divides into two parts, one over and one under the errant toenail. This abnormal situation causes friction and irritation among all involved.

Job 27:23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.

Everything tries to put the toenail back into its proper place and becomes increasingly irritated the longer the toenail stays where it is not supposed to be. The normal world will also try to correct and bring back into their proper place those who are engrossed in their own importance.

Job 33:30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.

As the conflict increases, the body will become involved and send antibodies to help the skin against the toenail and inflammation will occur. The skin will become red and inflamed while the activity heats the whole area. The whole toe will be aware of the offending toenail and become sore.

A self-righteous person, trying to impose their will on those around them, will create conflict and, if not corrected, will engulf the immediate area.

Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

In both cases, the conflict will lead to anger, increased activity and decay.

Proverbs 19:19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.

As long as the situation remains unchanged with each side trying to force the other into moving, anger, conflict and violence will only increase. Antibodies will gather in the inflicted skin and try to force the toenail back. Many will die and become pus, which will increase the infection.

Differing sides will develop in the division of a group and will irritate each other, wanting the other to compromise while not giving in themselves. Those self-willed people will join themselves to the originator and their opponents will become self-willed and unyielding.

The situation will become deadlocked until infection forces the amputation of the toe or the offending toenail is cut out.

The two groups of people involved with a division will split apart or perish unless the original selfishness is separated from them.

Deuteronomy 17:12 And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.

An ingrown toenail and an uncompromising person are not hard to spot. Both will begin by irritating those nearest them with friction and dissention.

If not clipped and stopped, the situation will only increase until the owner of the body and the owner of the church will take a part in the correction of the conflict.

God HAS a pair of clippers and will use them, if we do not deal with the conflict ourselves but His clippers will mean the end of one of our parts.

 Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

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stephen0porter - 5 years ago

Amen. Thanks, Sarah.

praizeop2 - 5 years ago

He cannot come quickly enough to satisfy me! Blessings ~ Sarah