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Am I Who I Say I Am?

Jeremiah 33:6: ChaiwayJeremiah 33:6Behold, I will bring it healing and cure, and I will cure them, and I will reveal to them a greeting of peace and truth.”

Galatians 5:22-23  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Peace and truth. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

Okay, we all fall short. Those who profess to be God loving, Jesus following saved people and those who are not.  However, momentary lapses are far different from a constant and regular pattern of speech and behavior. 

Hiding behind an online presence on “social media” and spewing insensitive comments and commentary about real life, current day issues? That is far more than simply airing a viewpoint or sharing information. That is hate speech and it is unfathomable how anyone believes this is becoming of any person, never mind one who professes to be a follower of Jesus/a Christian.

The insensitivity and crass commentary is not limited to online either.

Compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is hurting, in pain, or has misfortune and is accompanied by a strong desire to help the suffering. It is not always easy to show compassion, especially when we feel strongly about the issue(s) surrounding the situation. However, if I am who I say I am, a follower of Jesus, a Christian… (as an aside, I happen to be a Christian who is also Jewish, a first generation American woman of European descent)

Colossians 3If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”

Psalm 116:5 The Lord is gracious and righteous, and our God is merciful.” And for one who professes to love God and follow Him, if God is gracious, righteous (moral) and merciful, that is who we are called to emulate. For one who professes to be saved, a Christian, we, our self focused, pompous, ungodly self has died and we have been given a new life, in Jesus. We understand the exchange that occurred at salvation.  We understand our inheritance that is of far more value than anything money could buy.

Only God is the ultimate judge of someone’s heart. However, what I say and do, and what you say and do, we are representing who we claim to be. Matthew 7:16You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?” 1 Samuel 24:14 Tanach (24:13 OT) “As says the proverb of the ancient one; ‘From the wicked comes forth wickedness,’ and my hand shall not be upon you.”

Historically people claiming to be Christians, or doing horrific things in the name of Jesus have certainly given Jesus and Christianity a bad name. People watch how other’s react and behave in and through many different situations. We all do that. Many times it is that watching that draws people to us and opens minds and hearts to learn about God, Jesus, the gospel. And many times it is that watching that draws people away from us and what we claim to represent.

1 Corinthians 1:20 “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God. You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

Do we realize the depth of what it means that God gave us salvation? Do we realize that we are not our own, removed now from death in it’s permanent eternal state, purchased by the final atonement, the propitiation, our savior, Jesus. No more covering. It is finished. Do we realize how intense that is? Glorifying God in one’s body carries a ton of meanings and situations. One of which is our tongue. Another our fingers as we type across the keyboard on social media. Glorify God. Love as God loves. 

Romans 6 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.  What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.”

Psalm 19:15 (Tanach, Psalm 19:14 OT) “May the sayings of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable before You, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

I pray for myself and for each one of you this day, that our walk becomes deeper in the truth of what it means to be God’s redeemed. 



What Is Truth?

truthTruth is telling it like it is; it is the way things really are, and any other viewpoint is wrong.

Something cannot be both “z” and “non z” at the same time and in the same sense.  For example, I cannot be both human, and non human at the same time and in the same sense. Perhaps my behavior could be considered non human if it was horrific, but I can never be both human and non human.

Truth is narrow or “narrow-minded.” 4+4=8 and only 8, all the time. No matter what. There is just that one right answer. Any other answer is wrong.

Truth excludes
it’s opposite. All answers other than 8 are excluded from the truth of what 4+4 equals.

Truth is immune to sincerity, belief, and desire. It does not matter how much someone sincerely believes a wrong key will fit the door. If the key is wrong, it simply will not unlock the lock to open the door.

It does not matter how much I believe I will be able to fit into a toddler’s size of a pair of jeans if I am an adult of average size and stature.

It does not matter how much I desire a bowl of broccoli to be an ice cream sundae. The broccoli will always be broccoli. 

Truth cannot always proven by science. For example, science does not prove mathematics. Science also cannot prove things that cannot be seen. For instance, you cannot see my thoughts or yours. Thoughts other than what I am thinking do in fact exist. Science also does not prove ethics. Science cannot prove that setting fire to person’s live body is evil. Hopefully we all know that is evil.

Truth is not the same as what we feel. Following your heart places a high value on your own desires and emotions. Someone may feel that they can fly. However, if they take that actual leap off of a tall building, their arms are not wings and they will most likely suffer injuries or death as they fall.

There is no such thing as my truth and your truth. Can everyone and everything be right all at the same time? Of course not. There is truth and there is non truth.

Truth matters. There are consequences for being wrong.