Jim Thompson, a very good lawyer from Birmingham, with Hare Wynn, sent in his favorite verse for this issue.
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32
My good friend Linda Rush from Montgomery sent in one of her favorite verses for inclusion this month.
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 1 Tim 2:1-6
Rebecca Gilliland, a lawyer in our firm’s Consumer Fraud and Commercial Litigation Section, wanted our readers to consider the following. She had this to say:
I thought I’d write about helping others, since that is what we do best here. One of the Bible’s best known stories is the story of Moses. I have read it and seen it reenacted countless times – watching Charlton Heston in the Ten Commandments was one of my favorite New Year’s Eve traditions growing up. There are lessons to be learned in the small details of the story other than following God’s direction for your life. For example, Exodus 17:12 reads:
But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
I think this verse is encouraging for so many reasons, yet it is often overlooked in the context of the greater Exodus story. From this, we learn that the man God chose to lead His people out of Egypt, though following God’s direction and plan, still grew weary and needed help. It demonstrates not only that it is OK to accept help – nobody is above weariness – but that we have a responsibility to literally hold up and support those around us, no matter their station in life.
If a man living and walking on God’s divine path needs support, imagine the help that others around us need. “For there will never case to be poor in the land.” God therefore commands us to “open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:11. I try to keep these verses in mind; we are blessed with careers that give us the ability, and indeed the job, to continue “helping those who need it most.”
Ryan Beattie, a lawyer in our firm’s Mass Torts Section, furnished two scriptures for this issue. He said the scriptures have consistently been coming to him lately. Ryan says that he and his wife used Corinthians in their wedding and that it always reminds him of the happiest day of his life. Ryan says it also helps him and to reflect on good times even when something unexpected comes up.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Ryan says the verse in Proverbs reminds him to carefully think through things before jumping to conclusions and helps him to really see both sides of an argument. This helps in the practice of law and that’s because a lawyer must consider all legal precedents on an issue. That’s necessary if you want to be effective in handling a case.
He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly. Proverbs 14:29
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