Inside/Outside #22

The acts of the flesh are obvious:  lying tongue, hands shedding the innocent, heart devising wicked schemes

 

Today in the continuation of our celebratory journey we are at sea heading toward Acapulco, Mexico and so far at the time of this writing all is well and so are we.

Today our attention is drawn to the person who allows his tongue to bear false witness and his hands to be destructive to the innocent all of which flows from a heart that devises wicked schemes. Do not forget that it is from the heart that precedes all the issues of life. Therefore it is a continual challenge to us to protect and preserve the integrity of our heart so that from the inside the outside may be a reflection of the liberty, life and likeness of Him whose image we are to bear.

According to the Bible the tongue is an unruly member and is able to curse and bless but not at the same time. For a more careful look, examine the simple to be understood words of James found in chapter 3:1-17.

Our hands are equipped for service and in this text they are serving the destruction of the innocent. The innocent spoken of here are those not responsible for or in any way directly involved in a problem yet are suffering as those they were. The ultimate illustration of this is found in Matthew 2:14,17 “16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi”

Once again our primary source of the bad behavior and ultimate wrongs which are perpetrated from among men toward men are found within the heart which left to itself has no basic capacity to do otherwise than to dream about and devise wicked schemes to make the dream come true.

One more day for us to look at the obvious works of the flesh. Then to the more positive fruitful working of God’s Spirit, who is our helper and energizer. To behave differently and appropriately to being the children of God which we are, by God’s grace.