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Clear Conscience

My youngest son when a first grader had lied to his mother and I about some Pokémon cards he had acquired at school. He said a friend had given them to him. That night as he was lying on his bed he called out to us and confessed that he had paid money to buy the cards. We forgave him and all slept well. In the morning he came to me as I was shaving. We were discussing something that could be a problem for him and I said, "It will give you a guilty conscience." To which he replied, "What is that?" and I replied, "That's what you had last night just before you confessed about really buying the Pokémon cards." There was instant understanding and a reflective look on his face. There is no better life than a life that has a clear conscience. That is "the ability in reviewing your life to determine that there is nothing you have done to offend or hurt anyone that you haven't been willing to go and confess your wrong and seek forgiveness. Or no one…

Hasty Words

When was the last time you spoke words in haste? I ask it that way rather than ask, "if you have ever spoken hastily," because we all have. It is not a matter of if, but when and how many times words have exited our mouth without consideration to whether they were true, well-timed, or wounding. An important part of Christian character is the discipline of the tongue. James explains that one who considers himself religious must keep a tight rein on his tongue. (James 1:26) He says that "if anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check." (3:2) Think of it, if you can discipline your tongue you can control your whole body! On the other hand, James continues, "the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts…The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body." (3:5-6) Oh, you mean it can be used for good OR for bad. Solomon said, "The heart of the righteous weighs…

Walking in the Light

Getting out of bed and walking through the house at night is running with your lights off. It's easy to bang a shin, leg or toe into something you couldn't see and produce some really acute pain. Life is like that sometimes…we seem  to be walking with our lights off and have a great chance of bringing pain on ourselves. Discussing a trip with his disciples back to Bethany to see Lazarus, Jesus is reminded by them that this direction is toward the “Jews [who] tried to stone” him. In response to their insistence, he states the following: “A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.” (John 11:9-10) What does this mean? Jesus seems to be saying, “God has a plan and as long as I am walking in that plan I am aware of the obstacles and barriers in front and around me; there is light in my journey. Now, if I choose to change His plan for me because of my circumstances I will stumble a…

Being Sent - Being like Jesus Series #18

When was the last time you were sent by your spouse on an errand or by your boss to meet a client? To be sent means to go with purpose. It means that you have an objective to fulfill. God sent His only Son to earth for you. "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (John 3:17) This was the purpose of Jesus, "to be sent to save." Jesus uses this word 41 times in 16 of the 21 chapters of the book of John. Jesus is authenticated as "sent" by the Father in six of these verses. His actions as a "sent one" are in nine verses:  to "speak the words of the Father; finish the work of His Father; please the Father; do the will of the Father; work for the Father's honor; and stand with the Father." Jesus also speaks of returning to the Father, the one who sent him, when he is finished on earth. The resurrection is his enabling to do this. But while here, he gives testimony about th…

Influence

David was running from Saul and yet still took time to protect the people of Israel from harm. He had done this many times for Nabal's shepherds and belongings. David's men had grown in number and he was responsible to feed them all so one day he sent men to Nabal to ask for food. Nabal arrogantly refused and when this word got back to David, he became angry because it was wrong. David gather his men and marched toward Nabal's home. In the meantime, Abigail, Nabal's wife, learned of her husband’s bad behavior in not furnishing supplies for David, gathered up a multitude of food, hopped on her donkey and headed straight for David. She intercepted him and said, “Let no wrongdoing be found in you as long as you live.” (1 Samuel 25:28) She prevented David from destroying her family and he praised her for keeping him from shedding innocent blood. (1 Samuel 25:30-34) David was open to influence in a time when he was angry because of the way Nabal had treated his men and his…