Empty or faith?

Habakkuk 2;4

The proud trusts in himself; the just lives by his faith.  It is the proud who are self-sufficient and who fail to realize the necessity of patient endurance and trust in God.  In contrast to the proud, the just will be truly preserved through his faithfulness to God.  Faith is not a one-time act, but a way of life.  The true believer, declared righteous by God, will persevere in faith as the pattern of his life (Hebrews 3:12-14).

Commentary from the MacArthur study bible, notes for Habakkuk 2:4 and Hebrews 10:37, 38.

To speak or not to speak


What you say and what you don’t say are both important.  Proper speech is not only saying the right words at the right time, but controlling your desire to say what you shouldn’t.  Examples of wrongly using the tongue include gossiping, putting others down, bragging, manipulating, false teaching, exaggerating, complaining, flattery, and lying.  Before you speak, ask, “Is it true, is it necessary, and is it kind?”

Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional New Testament, November 11.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.  2003.