Words from the Heart for Monday November 14th, 2016
You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you are called to testify in a dispute, do not be swayed by the crowd to twist justice.
Exodus 23:2 (NLT)
Don’t be Swayed
If everyone else chooses to do what is wrong, you are not obligated to follow. Choose today to please the Lord by speaking graciously and truthfully, and honour Him by doing what is right, no matter what it might cost you.
When it comes to spelling, as with so many other things, Canada is influenced by both the British and the Americans. Canadian spelling is somewhere on the ill-defined continuum between British and American practices. While, in general, it is closer to the British, the American variant is sometimes preferred, and often either would be considered acceptable (although the British is still usually considered “more correct.”? The word program is a classic example. The British spelling, with ends with the letters “me” is seldom used but is considered the more correct spelling. In general terms, Ontario, British Columbia and Newfoundland are closer to the British usage, and Alberta and the Prairie provinces closer to the American. Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans tend to stick much more closely with the original British spelling, but Canada is much more swayed by our powerful neighbour to the south.
When our children were young, we watched very closely to see what kinds of friends they chose. We knew that friends have a great influence on the lives of young people and so we were always grateful when our children chose good friends. Unfortunately, peer pressure doesn’t lessen as we get older. Every one of us can be easily swayed unless we have set a solid foundation in Christ and have built our lives on the principles found in the Word of God. God gives this advice back in Exodus 23:2: “You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you are called to testify in a dispute, do not be swayed by the crowd to twist justice.” There are two related bits of good advice from the Lord here. First, He calls us not to be swayed by those who would try to convince us to do wrong. Human beings are easily tempted by whatever seems to offer something that will make us wealthy or famous, or will make life easier. We must not listen to those who are tempting us to sin. And we must also not be swayed by those who try to convince us to take the easy way out by not telling the truth in difficult situations. Integrity is such a rare commodity today, it seems, but the followers of Jesus must always do what is right. In order to do so, we must singularly listen to what God tells us to do.
These have been words from the heart.