Words from the Heart for Wednesday July 27th, 2016
Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?
Proverbs 20:11 (NKJV)
How is Our Conduct?
Our character is revealed by our actions. Consider your actions from yesterday. What do your actions reveal about your character? What areas of your life need attention?
In a recent international study, Canada was listed as the tenth most corruption-free nation in the world, just after Luxembourg. We are in some good company. Denmark is listed as the most corruption-free nation, and the top ten includes the rest of the Scandinavian countries, as well as Switzerland and New Zealand. While no country is free from corruption, Canada has systems in place to prevent corruption. For example, the Canadian Judicial Council has developed a document called Ethical Principles for Judges. Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin writes in the forward, “The ability of Canada’s legal system to function effectively and to deliver the kind of justice that Canadians need and deserve depends in large part on the ethical standards of our judges. The adoption of a widely accepted ethical frame of reference helps ensure that judges be guided in their personal and professional lives.
Jesus does more than change our conduct. Too often people see the Lord as simply helping them to live a moral and ethical life. The reality is that He transforms us from the inside out. Once we were dead in our transgressions and sins but now we are alive. Once we were sinners but now we are saints. Once we belonged to the devil but now we belong to the Lord. Once we were bound for hell, now heaven is assured. Everything about us changes when we give our lives to Jesus Christ. So we need to be careful that we don’t just see the Christian faith as helping us to simply be good people. We are redeemed people. Because we are, we do change on the outside too. Jesus shines through the redeemed of God and our desire changes from wanting to do our own selfish things and live to please ourselves, to living a life that honours God in how we live. King Solomon understood this and writes in Proverbs 20:11: “Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?” Christian parents are called to help their children walk with Jesus. As they do they will conduct themselves in a Christ-like way. Jesus can make a difference in your child. We need to do more than just help them live moral lives. We need to introduce them to Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.