Let’s take a look at some scripture verses that talk about how we honor God and see what the common theme is:
Isaiah 29: 13
The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men
But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” AND believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
Well we have a connection here between our hearts and our mouths. I could quote a lot more scripture that deals with these two things. A lot of them refer to how powerful these forces (the tongue and heart) are. They direct us and either allow for sanctification and justification…or they defile us.
It’s pretty clear that we first need to pay attention to our hearts. In proverbs, we are told to “hide wisdom” in our hearts, and Matthew tells us that out of the heart comes the words that we speak.
So while sarcasm is quite hilarious, listen to what people say because it comes from their hearts. Yes they could have “funny” hearts or “humorous” tendencies, but listen to see what people say most often and understand a little more about where they come from.
By that same token, there is a difference when you talk to “friends” and those that claim Christ. Friends that don’t know Christ…probably don’t listen to their own words. We all fall short of this, but the point I’m trying to make here is how to respond. It is ok to ask questions of someone and challenge them in love, but at some point (for a non-Christian) there comes a point where the person is just blinded to truth. God says this will happen. People that choose to live their own way will no longer see OBVIOUS truth that’s right in front of them. If the knowledge of Christ is not use…it will be taken from them.
So at this point, with friends or anyone that is still OF the world…it is better to end the conversation and walk away, than to damage your own witness by arguing.
With Christian brothers and sisters, it is not ok to abandon them. Yes sometimes distance is good so that the body doesn’t argue with itself, but then the time comes that confrontation is necessary so that the body as a WHOLE is stronger. There cannot be a lack of forgiveness, there cannot be a defiling that comes from our hearts, and there CANNOT be division among us.
It takes much more energy to avoid confrontation than it does to deal with it. Avoidance is a life-time pursuit, where as Godly confrontation …doesn’t last nearly as long (in most cases).
So here’s the deal: Listen to what you are saying, how you are talking about people in your life, or how you are ignoring people who have shown nothing but love to you, and then (here’s the most important part) CHECK.YOUR.OWN.HEART.
It’s not the other’s person’s fault for how YOU choose to respond to a situation. No one has power over you, except Christ.
Examine your own heart. I don’t mean “feelings” I mean, examine the wisdom you have hidden away, the life of Christ as you reenact it in your own life, and be better than what this world says you should be.
Love with your HEART. Love with your WORDS. Love with your SOUL. Love with your MIND.
[Honor God.Honor Truth.Honor Eachother]