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Opportunities in life

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Scripture views life as divinely ordained to include occasions when certain forms of behaviour are appropriate.

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The need to discern opportune moments

Ecclesiastes 3:1 NRSV
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

Every possible opportunity should be taken to do good

Galatians 6:10 NRSV
So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.
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Examples of individuals who seized opportunities to serve God

Rahab saved the spies and her household:

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Naaman’s wife’s maid helped Naaman by telling her mistress about Elisha; Nehemiah gained permission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

Esther saved the Jews from Haman’s plot:

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Daniel offered to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream; Priscilla and Aquila taught Apollos.

Some opportunities should be rejected

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Opportunities to do evil may have appalling consequences

Cain made an opportunity to murder Abel; Jacob took the opportunity to “buy” Esau’s birthright.

Joseph’s brothers seized the opportunity to capture and sell him:

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Daniel’s enemies sought and found an opportunity to lay a charge against him.

Judas sought an opportunity to betray Jesus Christ:

Matthew 26:16 NRSV
And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

Giving others an opportunity to do wrong must be avoided

1 Timothy 5:14 NRSV
So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, and manage their households, so as to give the adversary no occasion to revile us.
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