DEFINITIONS UNCOVERED: BLESSINGS ARE CURSED; CURSES ARE BLESSED
When someone is new to something, there is a period of orientation. For example, when someone takes up a new game or sport, they need to first learn the rules. Likewise, when someone is a new disciple of Jesus, a period of orientation follows. It’s necessary, because by nature we assume that Jesus’ kingdom works the same way the world works. The truth that is uncovered this week is that the principles on which Jesus’ kingdom runs are the exact opposite of the principles of the world. That which the world considers to be a blessing can often be a curse. And that which the world calls bad, God always uses for the good of those he loves.