17 responses to Rules of a Godly Life: Making Decisions
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    Betsy Thompson
    Comment on Rules of a Godly Life: Making Decisions (August 14th, 2012 at 06:15)

    As one who sometimes makes decisions too quickly, this does make good sense to me. I discovered Rules of a Godly Life as an appendix in The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World (Kraybill, Nolt and Weaver-Zercher),and copied it so I could refer to it on a regular basis. I found so much of value to take from it and use in my own life.

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    Marilyn from NY
    Comment on Rules of Godly Life: Making Decisions (August 14th, 2012 at 06:16)

    Rules of Godly Life: Making Decisions

    I do that over many of my decisions, although I don’t do it enough. Especially on a major decision. It seems when I do that things come out just fine. When I don’t use it and go do what I want without praying things don’t turn out so well. I am not Amish or Mennonite, but I agree, it is good for all of us to use.

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    Anne Hendrix
    Comment on Rules of a Godly Life: Making Decisions (August 14th, 2012 at 06:23)

    Seems like excellent advice!

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    Fr. Andre Leveille, CSC
    Comment on Rules of a Godly Life: Making Decisions (August 14th, 2012 at 06:30)

    The old French proverb ” La Nuit Porte Conseil ” meaning:
    ‘Night brings counsel.” or “Overnight sleep will bring wisdom on the subject at hand.”

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    Randy A
    Comment on Rules of a Godly Life: Making Decisions (August 14th, 2012 at 06:54)

    My experience is when I make a rash or spontaneous decision about something important, it’s generally wrong. Whereas, if I think about it and let it develop in my mind, the decision is much better. It seems today people are making many more rash decisions than when I was growing-up. Of course, today it’s much easier to do so with the plethora of credit cards granting instant gratification of material wants and media glamorizing wrong behavior.

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    Comment on Living (August 14th, 2012 at 07:47)


    This is an excellent applied living in faith peace.

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    Comment on Rules of a Godly Life: Making Decisions (August 14th, 2012 at 08:48)

    I read “Rules of a Godly Life” regularly, as they are good reminders for the God-fearing. In many ways, they read similarly to the Old Testament Proverbs, which I read a lot, as well. Some of the “Rules” and “Proverbs” make me a little uncomfortable, though. Although great advice, they sometimes feel like they are in the wrong spirit. For example, in Proverbs 25:21-22, King Solomon says, “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for you shall heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward thee.”

    In the “Rules,” there is often advice suggesting rather than trusting, you should protect yourself. Like (paraphrase) do not convide too much in a friend in case you should fall out and they might slander you.

    Anybody else feel “funny” about these-type suggestions?

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      Comment on Provebs 25; 21-22 (August 14th, 2012 at 19:28)

      Provebs 25; 21-22

      This shows the contrast between our taking action against an enemy, through kindness, instead of retribution.
      Burning coals melt hard metal, picture a hot forge, and the way metal is manipulated. The hard hearted enemy can be softened, and their hatred tempered by kindnesss bestowed even though they may not deserve it. The Lord rewards those who offer kindness and forgiveness to those who persecute you or hate you.

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    Comment on Rules (August 14th, 2012 at 12:40)


    I have always wondered about the business about heaping coals on your enemy’s head. It seems to contradict “love thine enemy” and “love your neighbor as yourself”. Is it really love if the point is to cause them harm?
    The part about confiding too much in your friends will prove itself to be good sense sooner or later, though. Today’s friends can easily become tomorrow’s enemies and there is no sense in giving them the tools to harm you or your loved ones. When you need to confide in a true and unfailing friend “Take it to the Lord in prayer”.

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on Rules of a Godly Life: Appearance (August 14th, 2012 at 16:34)

    Rules of a Godly Life: Appearance

    I call myself a Gideon (see Old Testament) because I need outward physical signs to confirm that I’m on the right track when I so badly want to go a certain direction. When I was offered my current apartment which I wanted so badly, I prayed if it was the right decision to not have fluorescent lighting but to have at least 1 south window. These were 2 items I desperately felt were necessary after my old apt.

    Lattice & Margie, re: “heaping coals on his head” in regards to an enemy, it is nothing that we do but God does in order to try to bring our enemy back to Himself. Just my take on the scripture.

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    Comment on Rules of a Godly Life: Making Decisions (August 14th, 2012 at 21:57)

    annie and Carolyn B,

    Your understanding of this scripture is very interesting and something I have never considered. Thank you!

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      Comment on Rules of a Godly Life: Making Decisions (August 15th, 2012 at 09:40)

      “It is better to sleep on what you plan to do
      than to be kept awake by what you’ve done.”

      Coals of fire may be explained as a kindness in sharing live coals in third-world countries, where they may cook with coals, and a fire has gone out. They carry coals, water, or food on their head. A friendly neighbor could help out by giving one burning coal to re-start a fire, or heaping many coals on their head.

      The classic book, COALS OF FIRE, by Elizabeth Hershberger Bauman, has 17 true, short, peace stories relating to Romans 12:20-21.

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    Kevin L.
    Comment on Rules of a Godly Life: Making Decisions (August 15th, 2012 at 06:57)

    I do appreciate you running this series on Rules of a Godly Life. I too had first heard of and read them in Donald Kraybill’s book The Amish way : patient faith in a perilous world, but this is a great way to contemplate them one at a time. I do like reading what the Amish read themselves for a better understanding of them and a for my personal improvement. Thanks Eric!

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