Yesterday I was reading and again I wanted to share something with you. Towards the end of the chapter Lisa Bevere was talking about empty words. Words that have no real power to bring the change in you, but they do have to power to deceive you. No matter how nice empty words may sound, ultimately they will not lead you to life. Some of these examples of empty words you may have heard:
“It’s okay… we’re all in the growth process.”
“God knows your heart.”
“No ones perfect.”
“Everyone else is doing it.”
“Your doing better than most.”
They are words of compromise, and even though they may be true, they are not living words of truth. Truth inspires us to change, to leave behind our ways and strive to rise higher to God perspective. His way of thinking is totally different than the way we process things. Empty words only encourage us to stay the same by offering excuses for our behavior in relation to our present cultural standards. But we are no longer in relationship with our culture; we are in relationship with God.
Christians are called to encourage one another. This means we bring courage to each other by speaking the promises of God. To answer these empty words, we have Gods counsel:
Its okay… we’re all in the growth process. Are we in the process? yes! But our destination is not the process; it is transformation, and we are promised that He who began a good work will carry it out until completion (Phil. 1:6).
God knows your heart. Out of the overflow of your heart, your mouth will speak. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil stored up in him (Matt.12:34-35). What you say reveals your heart.
No ones perfect. Be perfect, therefore as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matt 5:48) Ouch! Even though the righteous man falls seven times, he still gets up (Prov. 24:16).
Everyone else is doing it. I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking (Eph. 4:17;18).
Your doing better than most. We should not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves , they are not wise (2 Cor. 10:12-13). Who wants to be stupid when we can be wise? Stop looking at others, and look at the perfect law of liberty!
I just wanted to share that with you. God and his Word are truth:)