Our Changed Lives…

Our Changed Lives…

Our tongue, the smallest member of the body, is the most reckless and the member that is most difficult to control. Our hands and feet are not difficult to control and, in comparison to our tongue, do little damage in our day-to-day movements. When our mind is not on God, which makes our heart to harden a little, then the tongue has no means of sounding like Jesus. If we don’t sound like Jesus how would people around us know we are followers. Sure the works we are doing may align with the works of Christ, but if our words do not align with our works, is there an alignment at all?

Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. ~ 1 Peter 4:11 NASB95

As we dive deeper into the Word of God the reflection should become brighter and brighter; that is, if our journey is earnest. If we speak the same today as we did yesterday, what has changed? If our mind has not been cleared, as to impact our heart, what has changed? We must walk in the will of God and allow change, followed by our actions and speech as though we have been changed. We must profess our changed lives – it must not only be seen but, and maybe more importantly, it must be heard. While our witnessing may cause suffering, we rejoice and give all honor and glory to God.

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. ~ 1 Peter 4:12-13 NASB95

While we keep our side of the sidewalk sweep, we mind our tongue and our actions, we continue to praise. We continue to glorify God. We do not back down. If our side of the sidewalk needs tending, we need to ensure that it is cleared – first. If we expect others to be changed, to be introduced to Jesus Christ by our walk, then our heart, our mind and, most importantly, our tongue need to be aligned with the Word and Teachings of Jesus Christ as we would not want to bring shame to His House.

Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.

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