September’s WOW -Words of Wisdom from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power!

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and welcome to our September WOW, words of wisdom. Thanks so much for coming by and I hope that we all understand this month’s wow better after today. Grab your coffee and come on in.

For as long as I can remember, these two verses have always stumped me and I’ve never quite really understood them because of a couple of words within them, so I’m convinced that’s gonna change because of the research we’ll do and the discoveries we’ll make.

Our words of wisdom are found in Matthew 11, verses 28&29. Now for the sake of time and because I have a migraine headache right now, we’re going to do one verse today and then we’ll come back tomorrow for the other one.

To give you a little picture of what’s going on here before these words are spoken, Jesus is hanging out with His disciples, and He’s giving them all kinds of good wisdom stuff, and He begins talking about all the cities that would not repent of their religiosity, and He’s going on and on about how hard it’s going to be on their souls if the continue to refuse to turn from their wicked ways. And then He offers these kind and gentle words:

(28) Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.

So let’s take verse 28 first. The first thing I think about when I read this is someone who’s been working a lot out in the spiritual field, so to speak, and they’re spiritually tired. Or could it be words spoken to one who has strayed from the spiritual field, so to speak, and is heavy laden with guilt or just burnt out on life? And what about all those hung up on obeying the law to the letter? It gets so burdensome to try to be perfect. He doesn’t want us to continue in that crazy cycle. Have you ever felt spiritually tired? It truly is a feeling of a weary heart. It’s similar to depression!

So the word that’s stumped me in this first verse is “laden,” and when I look it up in the Greek concordance, it translates to the word “Phortizo,” and it means to load up, to overburden, as with ceremony or spiritual anxiety!

I’m so excited. Do you see that “spiritual anxiety” is what Jesus is addressing here with us, just like He was back then with His disciples? See, we don’t, we can’t, and we won’t ever be able to work for His grace; it is unmerited favor, unconditional, a done deal, period.

Okay. So now that makes more sense but come back tomorrow and we’ll finish up September’s wow…



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