Convincing Proof

While the New Living Translation (NLT) is more of a “thought for thought” rendering of the Bible (compared with the New American Standard, which reflects more of a “word for word” translation of the Scriptures), I really like how the NLT phrases this passage from James 3:

Put another way, if we claim to be wise and understanding, then there should be enough evidence (our words, behaviors, and general concern for others) in the way we carry out our lives that supports our assertions. In my view, lives characterized by wisdom and understanding should be readily apparent to others – not necessarily in a bold or flashy way, but instead in a steady, consistent, and hope-filled manner that reflects our total trust in the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

So why do I feel hopedul? It’s simple, really – thankfully, it’s not up to me to figure all of this out. The Holy Spirit Himself is the One who is responsible for helping me grow, guiding me into wise decision-making, and enabling me to embody a life characterized by purpose and authenticity.

Mercifully, He is the one in charge and I am not! 😂

12 thoughts on “Convincing Proof

  1. I agree with your thoughts here dailyhopeful. This is a good post my friend.

    And although I used to be very favorable about the NLT version, I have since changed my perspective about the NLT. I won’t cite or link any articles here, because I want you to use your own sources of your choosing. But sometime look up problems with the NLT translation if you are curious. It has some serious doctrinal problems.

    I’m only saying this in kindness, and is not at all written from a heart of ugliness or judgementalism.

    You are a delightful Christian, and I’m thankful for your kindness dailyhopeful.

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    1. No offense taken! ✝️ I feel about the NIV the way you likely feel about the NLT, although I will reference it from time to time.

      Yes, I am aware of some of the issues with the NLT – I would not rely upon it, and usually look up my verses first in the NASB and/or AMP to make sure that the original meaning of the text has not been misinterpreted.

      For my own personal reflection on this verse yesterday, the NLT ministered to me (after reviewing it in a few other translations). However, for my daily Bible meditations, I generally rely upon the NASB, with the ESV, AMP, and HCSB thrown in for good measure (I mix up the translations a bit for my daily readings from Psalms and Proverbs, too).

      I find that being well read in a variety of translations helps me to understand and grow. I may not always agree with the rendering of a particular text, but I still like to compare different versions as a regular practice.

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      1. Good mornin dailyhopeful, good mornin.

        Your response here is exactly what my former methodology was for bible study. The NASB being my trusted home base, and the others you mentioned as alternate renderings when I wasn’t getting the meaning that I wanted to see in the NASB. (Me and bible hub was good friends). The latest fave of mine being the HCSB.
        And I hear ya, sometimes you can read a verse in a particular translation that really wows ya.
        I know exactly where you’re coming from.

        But I have since been shown by God that those translations are indeed corrupt, not every single verse of course. But in many of the verses they are severely corrupted. Not to mention that that methodology left me with no concrete God’s word. It was really which one I trusted more than others, and which one said what I wanted it to say best.
        Do me a favor dailyhopeful, review theses videoshttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLebeLTowQHYmWtA2Xt6V0103x2NXQp64z

        And see if God doesn’t speak to your heart.

        God bless you my friend.

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      2. It sounds like the Lord has really given you a burden/conviction about this matter, Lee – thank you for your faithfulness to what the Lord has been showing you, as well as your boldness to speak what He has revealed to you with others.

        All He asks is that we be available for His use. Within the body of Christ, each member’s spiritual burdens may not be the same, but each one is equally important in His eyes.

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