Ecclesiastes 3: Kill and Heal; Break Down and Build Up

Monday, January 29, 2018

"A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up." Ecclesiastes 3:3 KJV
 Sometimes, there is a time for war. A time to kill and destroy and break down and conquer.

God uses war to remind us that this is not our home and that sin still has a real impact on us. He uses war to bring judgement and to get His people's attention.

War is inevitable in this world. It cannot be avoided.

There is also a time to heal and build things back up. In our war scenario, there are nurses who tend to the wounded and people who build their cities back up once the enemy has destroyed them.

Most of us aren't in a physical war. We're not in combat or live in a war laden country.

But we are in a spiritual war. And we should be fighting in it. We should be killing sins in our lives and breaking down strongholds.

And we should also be healing broken relationships and building each other up.

There is a time for killing a relationship and healing one. There is a time to build a wall up, or to tear one down. Do we have enough discernment to know when to do each?

Physical war can be a horrible, terrible thing. But it is also very rewarding when our side wins. It's the same in spiritual warfare. We have to fight through some pretty yucky stuff sometimes, but when we can gain the victory, it's one of the most rewarding feelings in the world.

Are we building up and breaking down the appropriate things in our lives? Are we killing and healing the way we should be?

There is a time for each.

"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." ~ Matthew 10:28 KJV

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  1. This is beautiful! Thank you for this wonderful reminder! Yesss... War is so horrendous, but unfortunately it's a reality because of our sinful state. It's so true; we as Christians are on a battlefield here on this earth. This world is not our home- we're just soldiers fighting for the Lord. Thankfully, our battle is already won for us by our precious Lord, and we are able to tarry on fighting because of that. Beautiful post!


    1. Amen to that! Thank you so much for leaving and taking the time to comment Anne! I so appreciate it! I'm very glad you liked it :)
      And thanks for leaving your blog URL, I'll definitely check it out!


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