Religious Lace

18 Feb

God’s Word:  Matthew 5:33-37: Jesus said, “And don’t say anything you don’t mean.  This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions.  You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it.  You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with a religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true.  Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.” 

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying in these verses)

Be a person of integrity.  religious laceBe sure that your words describe the true intention of your heart.  Don’t use religious lace to say what you think people want to hear or to make yourself appear better than you are.  A person of integrity will say what they mean and do what they say.

Speak from an attitude of humility.  Some throw out religious sounding jargon to appear holier than others.  They embellish their conversation with religious lace to make others think they have pure motives.  The hearers listen to the talk and then observe the inconsistent walk and determine that person is a hypocrite.

So live that others know your word is your bond.  Never let any unwholesome word come from your mouth.  When you do—it is displaying what is in your heart.  Above all else—keep your heart pure for it is the wellspring of life.  Your choices decide whether the water from this wellspring is sweet or bitter.  You can’t add enough religious lace to make the bitterness in a heart appear sweet.

Jesus’ Question for Me: Do others consider you a person of integrity or consider your words as merely religious lace?

 Jesus’ Promise to Me: Integrity and humility draw the attention of God and earn the respect of others.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for knowing the desires and intentions of my heart.

I am sorry I have difficulty focusing on would most benefit You.

Thank You for the gift of passions You have given me.

Help me to focus my passions into projects that will most benefit Your Kingdom and cause in this world.

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