I was just thumbing through the Bible to see if anything in particular struck me and actually everything did. It struck me as being harsh for sinners. I think, do anything but sin! The punishment for sin, although fair, is frightening.
Telling lies about others
is as harmful as hitting them with an ax,
wounding them with a sword,
or shooting them with a sharp arrow. …Proverbs 25:18
Why would anyone believe that a lie against someone, could be a tool to use?
A lying tongue hates its victims,….. Proverbs 26:28
But if someone lies and says that you’ve done a horrible thing when in fact, you’ve done nothing……. this is an outright lie that was done with malice and the liar has done this with malicious intent to cause harm.
Please Holy God keep us safe in Your Grace! Forgive us as we forgive others, in Jesus name I pray.
But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, and of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. ….James 3:14-16
Clean up your act is exactly what comes to mind when I read this. I’m definitely not pointing fingers at anyone but myself. Self examination is a great practice to keep clean.
Rescue me from my enemies, LORD, for I hide myself in you. …..Psalm 143:9
Who is my enemy? Sin in all its ugly forms, is the enemy. With our weakened natures we must struggle against sin and not our fellow man. Take refuge in the LORD. Jesus is our only recourse.
I have always been drawn to people of substance. The outer appearance isn’t as important as the character of the person. This world we live in focuses on how everything appears. The reason for that as I see it is because of greed appealing to vanity. They want to sell something, like new clothes, furniture, a bigger prettier house, expensive make up, plastic surgery and whatever designer is popular or impressive to others. Do you think God cares about any of that? He was born in a manger to holy parents of the greatest character. They were hard working, self sacrificing people with huge hearts for others. My best friend was exactly like that. She wrote beautifully, she was the life of the party (never at another person’s expense), she glowed with inner beauty. She wouldn’t have spent a second on worrying about superficial things. She always tried to make everyone comfortable. What she offered was her best self. If you want to be truly beautiful, “take your breath away” gorgeous, so everyone who meets you wishes they could spend more time with you, then fix the inside. Be a better person.
I’m dedicating this blog to Maria Broadly who died too soon and unexpectedly last February 20th. She was a gift from God, and I miss her every day.
The magazine racks are full of stories about other peoples’ lives that are none of our business. They are mostly lies. Once we read these malicious falsehoods it’s hard to get them out of our minds. Gossip taints our views and poisons our souls. God wants us to see Himself in all of His creatures. We are made in the image and likeness of God, we should not be maligning others and ruining their reputations, we should be looking for the goodness in everyone. I believe that looking at the evil in another is tantamount to dwelling in the dragon’s lair. You won’t find any truth there, just more soul rotting stench. I know this sounds harsh and it should. Society tries to minimize this sin and make it look good, fun and interesting. Scandal tabloids are the perfect example. Now to get down to the bones of gossip, the worst is when we engage in gossiping about our associates, family and friends. We pass on terrible thoughts about another and then try to justify it with an example. Oh, so and so did this, all conspiratorial, like it’s a big secret that shouldn’t go any further, knowing full well it will. Then try to get that image of the person out of your mind. We know that’s impossible. I know of one person that had such an abhorrence of gossip, she would leave a room if anyone was engaging in it. I shall always admire her for that wonderful quality. She believed in the dignity of every person. I want to be like her. My thought is that if you call yourself a Christian you must hate gossip.
The 9th Commandment is “though shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”. I was taught as a child “thou shalt not lie”, but white lies were okay if they didn’t hurt anyone. One example would be answering the phone and saying my mother’s not home when she is standing next to me saying ,”I’m not home”. I once confessed telling the truth, when telling the truth was embarrassing to someone else and the priest said, “telling the truth can never be a sin”. I have never forgotten that. Any lie erodes another’s faith in you. It would be better not to say anything, than to tell a lie of any kind. Telling the truth when you think it will make you look stupid actually frees you from the pride of thinking you should look perfect. It’s a bonus gift! Always tell the truth.