Pastor Manning Sam Livingston: Re-
By SAM LIVINGSTON
Re, by definition, is a prefix, originally appearing in words borrowed from Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the meaning “back” or “in backward ‘to indicate withdrawal or backward movement.
On the other hand, to be included in a corresponding letter means in reference to a particular thing. In fact, the entire letter would then be based on the word or statement following the re. The purpose of this writing is to explore the re given by definition in the first paragraph.
We see the prefix attached to the beginning of so many words. Whenever re precedes a word, it is customary to define the root word to see what effects re would have on it. To remove something means to undo what was already in place. Removing the cork from a bottle implies that the cork has been placed on the bottle by someone or something, and you have the task of removing it again. Re can be beneficial in many ways, as it implies that you have a chance to redo something or fix it next time. Most people hate doing the same task more than once, but think if you only had one chance to do something right. If we only had one chance to get it right, most businesses would never have opened. Marriages would have dissolved for divorce, we would not have sports teams, we would all be walking because of vehicle recalls, etc.
In other words, the prefix at the beginning of almost every word is truly an honor we should be grateful for. The following Old Testament Levitical laws may not apply word for word to us today, but they show by word that God has dealt with mankind since he created us in his own image and to his likeness.
I will also send wild beasts among you, which will rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your roads will be desolate. And if you do not want to be reformed by me by these things, but I will go against me, then I will also go against you, and I will punish you seven more times for your sins ”(Leviticus 26: 22-24).
According to the book of Genesis (1:26), God made man in his own image and likeness, but since then man has entered into a mode of reform. Mankind has never been satisfied with its formation by the hand of God himself. God shouldn’t have to reform us over and over again like he didn’t do it right the first time. We are to make it easier for the Lord to repent or turn away from our ways of life and return to the plan God has set for us from the beginning. We should be reformed through repentance and return to the God of our salvation and stop repeating the process over and over again. We can stop the cycle if we really want to. God has given us all the power to resist temptation and to keep away from acts of sin. If we can avoid sinning, there would be no need to reform, remodel, renew, restore, repent, return, repeat, revive, reveal, realign or whatever else we find ourselves engaged in because that we have disobeyed the word of God.
The Lord’s answer is simple: “go and sin no more”. This message has been the same from the beginning of mankind, and it will remain in place until the end of time.
I challenge you to rethink your decisions before you implement them!
Till we Meet Again.
Sam Livingston is pastor of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Manning.