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Are you the type of person who is always telling people what you believe? If you are and you feel frustrated or maybe even a little condemned at times, it may be that what you say doesn’t line up with what you do or how you act. In our society, we want to deal with what we say more than what we do. The problem with this mindset is, however, that what we do is usually a good indicator of what we believe, because what we really believe will eventually come out in our actions. If I really believe in God (the Father of our Lord Jesus), then I should be following His ways and those beliefs should in turn dictate my actions.
The Bible says it best in contending, “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22, NKJV). It’s deception to think that what I say I believe is more powerful then how I live, talk and act. If I really believe in the Bible, then my actions should reveal that, by being faithful to the teachings of it. To do otherwise, creates conflict in our hearts and minds. If you want real peace, begin to do what you say you believe. If you believe in caring for people, let it show in what you do, not just in what you say. If you believe something is wrong, work to stop doing whatever it is. People say they love somebody, but at times treat them very badly.
Contradicting ourselves doesn’t do anything but create feelings of guilt and condemnation. If I say I believe in the teachings of the Bible, then those teachings should be very evident in every area of my life. We are not perfect and will make mistakes and blow it from time to time, but the flow of your life is and should be a good indicator of what you truly believe.
Just a Thought,
Published on Monday, March 9, 2015 @ 7:23 AM CDT
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