SPEAK IN LOVE AND TRUTH :)

 

Wednesday may your heart trust in the Lord

 

Have A Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Speak The Truth In Love!!!
Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
When my older son was young, he was a handful. One thing that he was always thank ful for was consistency, even at a very young age he didn’t like when rules would be changed, when what he was used to being standard became different. When he went to school, he dealt better with a stricter teacher who didn’t change the rules, who didn’t have rules for different people. As it tells us in Ephesians 4:14 “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” Even if something would benefit him he would let it be known it was not the rule.

An example was: One afternoon his Dad had grounded him from everything except the couch. He came home that day normally he would have argued the point with me and he didn’t. Then his Sister had a seizure he went to her side (has he always did). Then he had fixed something that fell. After each thing he got right back on the couch, no arguing, no complaints, and Charlie didn’t like missing his outside time. I went in the living room and explained how happy I was on how he took care of so much at his age. I said I will let you get down and play with his cars just in the living room. About ten minutes later he looked at me and said “Momma, Dad didn’t want me off the couch for any reason no matter what!!!
A small child understands the wrong in this, so how is adults don’t.
Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

We are to learn to walk out of love, respect, and genuine concern for others. We are not to walk according to our selfish or sinful desires any longer. In fact our desires ought to change, but again it doesn’t take place overnight, it is a process that takes place every single day of our lives.
But our desires should be changing; no longer should our desires be selfish they ought to be selfless. Our lives are no longer all about us, but about God and others. The two great commandments Christ gave were about God and others. In Luke 10:27, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
But how can we love others when they are rude, inconsiderate, hateful, manipulative, and the list goes on and on. We can only love them if we allow Christ to love them through us. No matter what a person has done we ought to be willing to share the love of God with them. Because God’s love is not to be kept for ourselves it is to be given away…
If we love others as ourselves then we be very concerned about the idea that without Christ they will perish in hell. We ought to care about their everlasting soul. We are to walk in love, to be truthful to them, even If they don’t want us to.

1. Proof of discipleship:
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

2. Proof of a new life:
1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

3. Proof of the Holy Spirit within:
1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

How does this love affect our conduct?
Greater concern for others – for their needs, hurts, burdens, etc. Some of the most prestigious colleges were started by genuine believers who were concerned for peoples education (HARVARD, YALE, PRINCETON), hospitals for peoples health, shelters for peoples welfare, mission works for peoples souls. That’s true Christianity in motion. That’s not talk that’s “The Walk.”
Greater kindness in speaking – People need to hear the truth, however that doesn’t mean we should be rude about it or that we should force it down their throats. Ephesians 4:15, “Speak the truth in love.”
Greater compassion for those who are in trouble – It is something as a Christian we are to do. However remember in some cases we can only help if they want the help. We can’t force a drug addict into rehap. We can’t force someone into salvation. We can’t force a battered wife or husband into counseling.

Walk As Children Of Light

2Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

There is an enormous contrast between light & darkness in the Bible – Light speaks of the righteousness of God – Darkness speaks about all things that are evil.
The implied answer is NONE. So if we are children of light then we should have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness.

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Those who walk in darkness hate that about Christians, after all it’s politically correct to be tolerant and accepting. We cannot tolerate the things that are destroying the very fabric of our society.
We cannot tolerate the very things that are destroying the family, as we know it. We cannot tolerate the things that are promoting sexual immorality, rape, violence, and murder. But liberals stand up as say but we have freedom of speech in this country and we can promote, print, and practice any kind of lifestyle we want.

We need to walk as children of light not only because darkness hinders our walk with God but also because when none believers see Christians partake in deeds of darkness it gives them reason to mock Christianity and reject Christ. And we shouldn’t want to give anyone a reason to reject the One that gives true life. The One that gives hope, and peace, and purpose in life.
Remember in the light we should not find things of darkness.
Walk Circumspectly
Circumspectly – walking with our eyes open, being alert to what is going on around us: It means being aware of the pressures that we face in life and how to overcome those pressures. It means being alert to the ways of the world. The person who walks circumspectly:
1. Has his eyes open to the needs of others
2. Has his eyes open to the will of God despite what others may say
3. Has his eyes open to the ways of the world

Those who do not walk circumspectly:
1. Don’t care about others – They only care about themselves. They focus only on the things that will add to their own life, their own desires & pleasures, and their own will.
2. Don’t care about the will of God – walk after the flesh rather than the Spirit. They are looking out for who they consider to be #1. It’s all about them, their wants, wishes, desires.

I get so tired of hearing people say well it doesn’t matter what I do as long as I’m not hurting anybody else. What they don’t realize in their lifestyle affects everybody around them. Their walk influences society as a whole. And we had better understand the same is true for us as well. Our lifestyle and our walk has an impact on everyone we meet in one way or another.
So what does your walk say about you, your faith, your God?
We need to be walking in truth, and be able to share the truth. If we see a brother not in the truth go to them. If they don’t want to hear it, walk away knock the sand off your shoes.
Walk in Love if someone doesn’t love you back? Love them anyhow.
Remember whatever we do does effect others.

WALKING IN THE LIGHT
All ye saints of light proclaim,
Jesus, the light of the world;
Life and mercy in His name,
Jesus, the light of the world.

We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light,
Come where the dew-drops of mercy are bright;
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the light of the world.
Hear the Savior’s earnest call,
Jesus, the light of the world;
Send the Gospel truth to all,
Jesus, the light of the world.
We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light,
Come where the dew-drops of mercy are bright;
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the light of the world.
Why not seek Him then today,
Jesus, the light of the world;
Go with truth the narrow way,
Jesus, the light of the world.
We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light,
Come where the dew-drops of mercy are bright;
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the light of the world.
Come, confess Him as your king,
Jesus, the light of the world;
Then the bells of Heav’n will ring,
Jesus, the light of the world.
We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light,
Come where the dew-drops of mercy are bright;
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the light of the world.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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