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DON'T BE A FOOL

Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool. Proverbs 10:18 (NIV).

Someone wise once said, “Better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” It’s easy for us to spot a fool in the world and we are quick to do it. We laugh at people’s faults. We joke about another’s ignorance. We laugh when people say the wrong thing at the wrong time. We rejoice in others’ mistakes.

But it is often harder for us to recognize and confront our own foolishness. The Bible talks about fools as people who disregard the word of God. A fool is someone who returns to their own messes and forgets who or what caused their own mess. They think that their actions have no consequences and feel that their sin is less than their neighbor’s. And in today’s reading, a fool is one who spreads slander.

Slander is anytime we say something false about another person. These statements damage, they hurt and they wound. And we are a fool if we keep doing it. It is easy to fall into patterns of talking bad about others. It makes us feel better about ourselves if others are doing worse by our own measuring stick. And we've all done it. 

BUT, in God’s eyes, it makes us a fool. In trying to do something to make ourselves feel better about ourselves, we actually become less. Less kind, less loving, and less like Christ.

Today, as you walk through your workplace, your home, and your life, ask God to give you the grace to not speak badly about others around. Ask Him to help you love others as you have been loved and pray that He might show you how to live as a wise man or woman who loves others with the love of Jesus.

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DO'S, DON'TS AND MUST'S

Today’s One Year Bible reading contains a lengthy list of commands and rules that God gave to Moses for Israel (Leviticus 19:1 – 20:21). Some of these seem very strange to us today.  “Do not wear clothing woven from two different kinds of fabric,” “Do not trim off the hair on your temples or clip the edges of your beards,” and “Never…mark your skin with tattoos.”   God must have had His reasons for such instructions to the Israelites in the wilderness.  They were to be different than the nations around them.  Most of God’s commands however, have to do with the heart, as they pertain to:  holiness, fairness, honesty, purity, obedience and love.

These attitudes and behaviors that the Lord commanded centuries ago apply just as much today as they did then. To live out “be holy because I the Lord your God am holy” is a powerful testimony to a lost and dying world.  To “love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18) was the second greatest commandment, Jesus tell us.  There were serious consequences for failure to obey God’s requirements – being cut off from the community, punishment and even death.  Today, there are still consequences if we simply “wink at sin” or shrug it off as “no big deal.”  Obedience and love are a “big deal” to God.  The closer we draw near to God, the more we grow to love Him.  Inside, we’re like a deer panting for streams of water – our soul thirsts for God (PS 42:1). 

Although believers today are not “under the law,” there are still aspects of the law that pertain to our heart and our faith that are absolutely relevant. These are folded in to our relationship with the one who came to fulfill the law, Jesus Christ.  Jesus asked His disciples “Who do you say I am?” (Mark 8:29).  This is still the most important question we can ask – our eternal future and security are tied directly to our heart’s response to this question.

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