Monday, July 13, 2009

Fruitful Expressions


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I’ve been thinking a lot about living my faith through my words. Of course I aim to live righteously and to be aware of what I think and do, but I’ve noticed that it’s awfully easy to say things flippantly without fully thinking them through.

While doing the summer bible study at In Between Time and came across these verses in Proverbs 13:2,3.

"From the fruit of a man's mouth he enjoys good,
But the desire of the treacherous is violence.
The one who guards his mouth preserves his life;
The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin."

I do not put a lot of strength on what people say, but rather I watch what they do. I look for the expression of their words, because it doesn’t matter what they say if their fruit doesn’t back it up. Similarly, I want to be aware of what I say, because the truth comes out in what I do and those two things need to validate each other, or I am a liar.

In part we are products of our environment. I loved Greg’s post the other day about what we are told in the media, because it’s so true. Can we completely trust what the media puts out? Or is it often about sensationalism? Is there an alterior program at work behind the scenes and are we being told only what they want us to think rather than what is true?

The fact is, I become what I receive and accept. This is true in all the arenas of my life. I must recognize what is truth and what are lies, or I will spew the same pollution. This is true of what I put before me, such as TV programs or movies. Some of them are just not good for me. They feed garbage into my being and that will begin to affect my thinking.

I need to be careful.We need to be careful.

For what comes out, if not in line with God’s Word, pollutes. From the inner being, the mouth speaks. As a man thinks, so is he. It all happens so very subtly. It’s a form of mind control for an inactive mind which will receive anything. The simple will pass on and be punished for it. I want to be wise and aware about what I allow into my mind and heart.

I want to be even more careful about the words that I speak. I am responsible for what I say because it will affect others. That’s serious business and I don’t believe God takes it lightly! Oh, the tongue--such an unruly little thing that can set a forest of situations ablaze. Words are living and the truth of them is expressed by our fruit. Just saying something doesn’t make it true.

I believe God tells us that “you will know them by their fruits,” because fruits are an expression of what we truly believe. Basically, we are an expression of what we believe.

Have you ever seen a man who says all the right things, but does all the wrong things? Do you believe what he says? Or do you believe what he does?

Just sayin’

Have a good day!
Carmen

8 comments:

  1. Our pastor used to say you need to walk the talk. I've seen people who say one thing and do another and it always catches up with you. I try hard to do what I say and act out what I believe--not always easy in our every day lives--but I try.
    Good post!

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  2. This is such a challenge isn't it—to be authentic through and through.I fear my walk doesn't back up my talk on many occasions. I know the ONLY way I have a chance of being "pure and blameless" is by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Did you know that statistically the Christian population is barely discernible from the rest of the population on so many point like charitable giving, volunteering and even divorce. What kind of example are we setting for the world?! If you're up for it, go to barna.org for more sobering facts.

    Thanks for giving me some good food for thought this evening.

    Blessings,
    Kelli

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  3. Just to pick up on Kelli's thoughts here, I'm afraid that there are more SUNDAY Christians than there are DAILY Christians. Not sure folks fully understand that it's about living the Word and not just reading the Word. Being IN the world and not OF the world is the subtle challenge that Christians need to recognize and embrace every day, and we can't do it without God's help.

    With the literal speed of communication constantly on the rise combined with the attention-getting techniques used--and this, all, apart from the content of the message itself--it is no wonder that those seeking wisdom are thinking more and more about what we say. Trying to slow down and think is just not what our society is doing any more. It's a bit frightening! It's not enough to hold our tongues. Sometimes we need quick-drying cement!

    God's Word is certainly shining clearly through yours, Carmen!

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  4. My mom always told me that from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh and I have to agree with you and with her. All too often I say things without thinking about them and then later on go back and think about now why did I say such a thing?! Thanks for a great post!

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  5. Beautiful post! Love this: Basically, we are an expression of what we believe.

    And, yes, I always focus on the actions and not the words. :)

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  6. Great post Carmen. I agree totally. It is what comes out of a man (words) and not what goes into that makes his character. And actions speak louder than words.

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  7. Here, Here! You got that right, Girl! And our politicians seem to be greatly affected by the "say one thing, do another" disease.

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  8. Thank you for lettin gme know about this post. It was very good!

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