Words from the Heart for Monday September 26th, 2016
So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbours the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.
Ephesians 4:25 (NLT)
Telling the truth in a gracious manner is the mark of a holy life. Without truth, there will only be broken relationships, hurt feelings, and mistrust. Are you speaking the truth to others? Are you conveying accurate information?
A South Sudanese immigrant and prominent high school basketball player in Canada has been arrested after the revelation that his age may be closer to 29 and not 17, officials say.
Jonathan Nicola was issued a student visa to attend an Ontario school, where he was given an athletic scholarship. He arrived in Canada last November, with a permit to attend Catholic Central Secondary School in Windsor. His passport and study-permit application say his date of birth is 25 November 1998, which means he would be 17 years old. But when he applied for a visa to visit the United States last December he gave his birthdate as November 1 1986. That would make him 29 years old. Mr. Nicola has admitted he was not 17, but said he was not a “liar person.”
Living for Jesus is a practical day to day experience. It affects the attitude of the heart and how we relate to other Christians and those who are not yet followers of Jesus. The fourth chapter of Ephesians is as practical a manual for daily Christian living as we find anywhere in the Bible. Paul writes in Ephesians 4:25: ““So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.” This verse is in the middle of some good advice about Christian living. In the verses leading up to this one, Paul has been reminding the Christian in Ephesus that they have been taught to put off the old self, which has been corrupted by deceitful desires and to be made new. He then goes on to teach how this becomes practical in getting along with others. As followers of Jesus, we are called to honesty in our relationships. In our old nature, we would lie to improve our lot in life. But as followers of Christ, we are called to honesty in all things. Another version of the Bible translates this verse “each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbour.” Because Jesus has transformed us from the inside out, our relationships with others must also be transformed. We must speak the truth, even if it doesn’t benefit us. We must live in honesty with other believers. By so doing, the transformational power of Jesus will be evident.
These have been words from the heart.