“Everyone’s going through a refining fire sooner or later, but you’ll be well-preserved, protected from the eternal flames. Be preservatives yourselves. Preserve the peace.” Mark 9:49-50 (The Message)
‘Preservatives’ have the ability to protect from decay or spoilage. Another word for preservative is stabilizer…
“Everyone will be purified by fire as a sacrifice is purified by salt. Salt is good; but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have the salt of friendship among yourselves, and live in peace with one another.” (Good News Translation)
When we preserve something, we make sure that it lasts. We protect it from anything that might cause its current quality or condition to deteriorate. We maintain it.
Salt is a great preservative, as long as it remains… salty.
Friendship is a great preservative, as long as it remains…salty.
Jesus’ words here can…
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