Words from the Heart for Saturday November 7th, 2020
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:9 (NIV)
Put Into Practice
An American visitor to Canada, in answering the Quora question, “when you think of Canada, what do you think?” said this: “I was impressed by the pragmatism of a people who just get on with the job of living and building a society without complaining. Other adjectives that come to mind are “well organised”, “clean”, “free” “strong cultural identity.” It struck me that there was an excellent balance achieved between the freedom of the individual while retaining a deep respect for the notion of a common good.”
What would someone’s life be like if they mirrored everything in your life? If you knew that someone was mimicking your every move, either public or private, how would they be living their life? That can be a scary thought. But the Apostle Paul told the believers in Philippi to do this very thing. Philippians 4:9 says, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Paul had been so careful to live a consistent, godly life before others that he was confident they could clone his life and by so doing please the Lord and experience His peace. Could that be said of you? Of me? That is a really challenging question. What do others learn from watching your life? What do they believe based on what they have heard from or seen in me? If they put those things into practice, would they be honouring the Lord and bringing glory to His name? How we live our lives, how we speak and what we say impacts the lives of others. Let’s live in awareness of this.
These have been words from the heart.