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Monday, November 5, 2007

Stand up! #2

Proverbs 20:27 "The lamp of the Lord searches the spirit of a man, it searches out his inmost being."

Proverbs 16:2 "All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord."

As I was writing last night it occurred to me that I might have sounded judgemental of others and their actions. Actually, it has made me so sad to see the church not looking much different from the world.

It also makes me think of the scripture in 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 that says "Everything is permissible- but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible- but not everything constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others." When we do not take a stand, sure, it's permissible, but is it beneficial? Is it constructive? Is it seeking our own good or the good of others?

If no one takes a stand in our families who will be the greatest influence there? The media? Oh heaven help us! The sports figures?

If no one takes a stand in our Sunday school classes what is the use? Is our attitude that of "well, the Sunday school teacher can take a stand. I am going to do what I want!" It's sad.

Take a stand. Do not allow the sins of this world to be a regular part of our lives as a church or as families who claim to be followers of Christ.

Judging? No, just convicted and praying.

4 comments:

Valarie said...

Girl, sometimes the truth is painful and ugly and...judgemental! I know that is not your heart and not your intention so don't allow the enemy to start making you second guess yourself. YOU WERE NOT JUDGEMENTAL!! You are a loving, caring, DAUGHTER OF THE KING who wants nothing more than the very best life for her sista's in Jesus! YOU GO GIRL AND KEEP ON SPEAKIN' A WORD! If someone doesn't like what you're saying then their responsiblity is to take it to Jesus FIRST!!!!
I love ya girl!

Leigh Gray said...

amen val!!!

Nicki said...

ok this is WAY off topic, but I had to tell you after reading the post about you and Steve that was oh so funny!!, I HAD to tell you that you two totally have the PROUD PARENT THING DOWN!!! While Caroline was singing yesterday, I was watching your heads both bounce up and down to each word they sang, and you were both totally "in the moment"!!! It was so sweet!! She's so beautiful and she totally has your smile!!

Melissa said...

nicki! that is so funny! you made me laugh out loud!! oh my word that kid makes us crack up! We just never know what she is going to do next and we both were "willing" her to stay up there and sing by singing with her. ANYTHING to keep her from stealing the show with some crazy antic. We kept praying that she would just sing and get back to her seat with no major mishaps. I guess you could tell. oh, that is funny!