Monday, October 01, 2012
Today’s Topic: Rules to Live By
Today’s Text: Proverbs 27:19 (ESV)
As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.
This morning as I scanned Facebook to stay connected to some of my friends from around the world, I came across this picture from one of my “adopted” daughters in the Philippines.
Live without pretending – that’s integrity. Every part of our lives integrated together in perfect harmony with no contradictions. Nothing fake. Nothing done to impress others. Just a life lived as a reflection of the character of God in us.
Love without depending – that’s identity. It’s knowing we have God’s approval rather than seeking the world’s approval. That’s accepting God’s definition of our being rather than seeking it from others. That’s giving to others out of security rather than to receive affirmation. It is not the world’s love that depends on a response nor love that looks for a return benefit, but sacrificial love that originates in the heart of God and flows from a Godly heart.
Listen without defending – that’s humility. Be able to be corrected. Pride defends the value we think is being attacked. Humility listens to the possibility of improvement. Pride protects personal choice. Humility submits to anything or anyone as being God’s instrument of perfecting our lives. Pride convinces us we are right and have rights. Humility sees the right in others. Pride cannot see a reason to improve because that would require admitting a weakness or fault. Humility can admit faults because value is not found in performance but in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Speak without offending – that’s grace. Speak the truth, but do it in love, with a pure and holy motivation to truly help the person to whom you are speaking. Do not speak to be heard. Do not speak to build up self. Speak to impart God’s wisdom so that it will be heard and applied. Speak to be an instrument of God’s grace to others.
Now those are four rules by which we all should live.