Monday, July 13, 2009

Fruitful Expressions

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 I 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!