"Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything" (Proverbs 13:3 NLT).
Now, the Bible has so much more to say about the glorious gift that is Salvation, but that is a way to understand it. Remember, it is a matter of BELIEVING in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, not just repeating a sentence!!
Certain “art” may be pretty, even attractive to the flesh, but it isn’t beautiful, at least not by God’s definition and purpose for beauty, if He isn’t glorified.
In many ways, salvation is better thought of as “coming from” somewhere (the slave market of sin) rather than “going to” somewhere (Heaven). The real issue is sin, not the final destination.
Someone might argue that beholding God’s creation is one thing, but understanding it in the context of salvation is another thing altogether; but they’d be wrong. They presuppose that God hasn’t instilled a conscience in man (ability to discern right and wrong - ala Ro 2:14-16).
A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)
"So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls." (James 1:21 - NLT)
"For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18)
"The grass withers and the flowers fade but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8).
The words of the wise are like cattle prods--painful but helpful. Their collected sayings are like a nail-studded stick with which a shepherd drives the sheep. - Ecclesiastes 12:11 (NLT)
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