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From a Mothers Heart for the week of December 1, 2011

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By Bea Wallen

  Bea Wallen

From a Mothers Heart

 

Our behavior is eloquent testimony to who we are and what we think. Holy thought and corrupt behavior cannot coexist. It is a lie to say you follow Christ if you are disregarding his word and ignoring him. And it is surprising and disappointing when we hear people give clear Christian testimony and yet we see that they have a questionable lifestyle.

            The Bible calls us to holy living. We are to make every effort to live according to its guidelines and be motivated to live a lifestyle that is pleasing to God. “Those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore for the old life is gone, a new life has begun” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

When we become a new creature in Christ then God’s Holy Spirit is living within us, helping us want to do what is right. Godly living is an example to an unbelieving family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers that we are different. People are attracted to others who are consistently kind, gracious and loving. Godly living is for God and not yourself. It reflects your relationship with him. Romans 12:2 “tells us not to be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the will God, that which is good and acceptable and perfect will see your honorable behavior and they will believe and give honor to God.”

            When we claim to be God’s children we should behave like God’s children for our lifestyle clearly displays our loyalties. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good deeds is no faith at all according to James 2:17 it is dead and useless. Unless our thoughts and actions are in harmony with our words out speech will be meaningless to those who hear it. Anyone can talk about truth but only people who are truly redeemed can walk in truth. Our witness is incomplete if it is only expressed by our walk or our talk, both need to be present and need to confirm one another. When you hear a person speak of what is beautiful just and true, good things, you can be just as sure that he or she possesses these qualities. A person’s speech is a fair indication of that person’s priorities and passions and needs. “For every tree is known by its own fruit (Luke 6:44) We never want to be deemed as a hypocrite . A hypocrite is someone who pretends to be virtuous or religious when in fact he or she is not. Some hypocrites know they are phonies, some believe they truly are virtuous or religious when in fact they are judgmental and proud. How do you view acts the Bible calls sin, such as gossip, flattery, profanity, lying or cheating? If you don’t see these as sin you must face up to the fact your values differ from the Bible’s.

If we profess Christianity our actions should earn the reputation of living according to the standards of the gospel for purity and truth.

From my heart