A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

a-commentary-from-the-heart-2colossians-3-910Is a little white lie still a lie?  Does it really count?  What harm does it do?  If you omit information, knowing that it’s going to make a difference in the meaning of what you’re saying – is that considered a lie too?  When I meet a friend who has just gotten a new hairstyle – and she’s all hopped up about it – and I’m – well… less than enthused.  Is it okay for me to just be silent and smile.  Maybe I could say, “I’m so happy that this change has improved your outlook on life!”  Am I lying, or am I sparing her feelings and our friendship?

What is a lie?  Well – it is the absence of truth, obviously.  Lies are harmful, and too many lies told are dangerous.  Why does God have a problem with us telling lies?  Our Lord can’t be anywhere that truth doesn’t live.  Lies go against God’s very nature!  He is truth – He is light.  He’s about complete honesty and wants us to be that way too.

I enjoy Women’s Ministries.  Most women I know need a respite from everyday life – and Women’s Ministries is a perfect break for them.  Our group had secret sisters.  Yes, I know that it doesn’t always work out – there are some who give and give and…  as well as those who take and never give.  I’m familiar with the scenario.  That’s when you step in and do a little extra giving for those who just want to take.  At least that’s how I handled it if I was made aware of it.

At the beginning of each year, we filled out slips that ask basic questions about what you like and enjoy.  I was always tempted to write A MILLION DOLLARS on my slip – but never did.  There were questions like, “What’s your favorite color?”, “What do you collect?” – etc.  I have so many collections, not because I meant to do that – but because other people started collections for me.  Ha!  One lady began a PIANO collection for me.  Another started giving me BASKETS.  The only collection I started for myself was ANGELS.  So – I wrote ANGELS on my slip.

I had no idea who got my name, but I knew she didn’t know the difference between angels and fairies.  I got a fairy for every occasion that came along.  So…  amongst the angels, there is a little army of fairies.  My point is…  calling this sweet little lady on that would serve absolutely no purpose.  That’s not why we have secret sisters – we do it to remember one another – and I was remembered.  That’s all that matters.pray-for-your-heart

God wants us to tell the truth – but He wants us to be kind and compassionate and considerate of other people’s feelings too.  I actually love those little fairies.  If they were angels, I may not be reminded of her as often – and I may forget to whisper her name to the Lord when I pray.  She’s a precious soul to God and my very special sister in Christ.

We’re to be truthful – but not hurtful.  Ask God for the right words to say.  🙂

 

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LUKE 8:12 ON 8/12

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Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.  The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.  And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.  And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.  As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.  –  Luke 8:11-15

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The Parable of the Sower shows us how we are to receive the Word of God effectively.  When the seed hits the soil of your soul, are you moved to action, or do you just shake it off and go about your business?

  • A person with a hard heart is hardened by sin and considered one with hard ground.  Satan plucks the message away which keeps the heart dull and prevents God’s Word from making a serious impression.
  • A person who professes delight with God’s Word, yet does not have a heart that has changed is considered stony ground.  When trouble comes along, faith wavers and quickly disappears.
  • A person who seems to receive God’s Word, but whose heart is full of riches, pleasures and lusts has no time for Bible study because these other things are more fun.  This is thorny ground and it is certainly not considered a rich soil.
  • A person who not only reads God’s Word, but allows it to sink in and prays that God will be alive and working inside.  This is good ground and is the truly saved one because there is evidence in this person’s life and lifestyle.  It’s pleasing to God and honors Him.

To hear it is not enough.  It’s important to know the Word of God.  We can read it, but it’s a lot like the image we see in the mirror.  If you take a quick glance in that mirror, you will soon forget whether your hair looked combed or not.  When we take the time to study God’s Holy Word, we will know it.  We want to know it, because that is what God wants us to do. If we walk along and merely hear the Word of God, we are more susceptible to the devil’s schemes.  Nobody puts a spin on things better than he does!  He can make us believe his lies and call them gospel truth. We see it in our world today. The devil is so sneaky and whispers lies such as God doesn’t really care about you, or if God really did care, He would do something about things.  If you are experiencing serious doubts about these types of things, don’t keep listening to the devil’s deceitful lies.  Open your Bible and read it for yourself.  God will never put a spin on anything and He certainly will not lie to you – ever!  🙂