Words from the Heart for Friday November 27th, 2020
I have something from the Lord to tell you. I warn you: Don’t continue living like those who don’t believe. Their thoughts are worth nothing. 18 They have no understanding, and they know nothing because they refuse to listen. So they cannot have the life that God gives.
Ephesians 4:17-18 (ERV)
In The Canada eTA website, there is an article on understanding Canadian culture. Dealing with etiquette, it says, “If you are not fond of saying sorry, then you might be out of place in Canada. Canadians have a reputation for being calm and courteous. In public, they value the comfort of other people, and anything considered disruptive can’t be condoned. Some mischievous behaviours such as loitering, cutting in line, making a scene, being drunk in public, loitering, and cat-calling are considered offensive.
One of the main themes of the Bible is the comparison in the heart and lifestyle of those who know Jesus and those who don’t. It is described in a number of ways – once you were children of darkness, now you are children of light, for example. Paul puts the same principle this way in Ephesians 4:19-21: “I have something from the Lord to tell you. I warn you: Don’t continue living like those who don’t believe. Their thoughts are worth nothing. They have no understanding, and they know nothing because they refuse to listen. So they cannot have the life that God gives.” There is a huge worldview difference between those who have come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and those who haven’t. When we meet Jesus, we begin to see things through His eyes. The Gospel makes complete sense. We become aware of our sin and our need for constant communion with the Lord Jesus. We are called to live differently than those who have not yet been transformed by Jesus Christ. When we fail to do so, we recognize His conviction and immediately seek His forgiveness and cleansing. Is this the mark of your life?
These have been words from the heart.