I like big buts and I cannot lie. No, it’s not that annoying Sir Mix-A-Lot ditty. I like the big buts of the Bible. For example . . .
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us (1 John 4:12).
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6).
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express (Romans 8:26).
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
Do not be overcome by evil, but but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).
God has combined the members of the [church] body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other (1 Corinthians 12:24-25).
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Yep, I like big buts!
Copyright © 2009 James N. Watkins
Note shift in time/space continuum: I’m changing the days I post here. Since most people need some hope and humor on Mondays, I’m moving my Tuesday posts to Mondays. Thursday will remain guest post day. And I’m moving “The Best and the rest,” my round up of the week’s posts, pages and social media comments, from Sunday to Saturday because, duh, Saturday is the last week of the week.