Would it reveal a dirty mind? Or, a mind meditating on what is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report and praiseworthy?
Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Would it reveal the works of the flesh or the Fruit of the Spirit?
Would it reveal malice or good intent?
How would you smell at work? At school? While sitting in your home? While looking at your smartphone?
How would you smell while sitting in church?
How often would you smell good? How often would you stink?
Be very careful when you say, “I can love them from a distance!”
“I’m not ‘fooling’ with them anymore!” “I’m not dealing with them anymore!”
There’s usually a form of this statement for every regional or social dialect.
Have you ever heard anyone say something like that? Have you ever said something like that yourself?
Yes, sometimes things can happen when relationships will never be
the same but be very careful when you judge that someone doesn’t deserve fellowship
with you anymore. Matthew 7:1 is broad in its application…
“Judge[a] not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what [b]judgment you judge, you will be judged; and
with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
When you judge someone doesn’t deserve your fellowship are you
opening up yourself to the same judgement from God?
Not only is forgiveness one of the greatest gifts we receive from
God, but we are supposed to forgive AS He forgives us…not LIKE He gives us. We
are supposed to forgive in the same way…
32 And be
kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in
Christ forgave you.
So, what if God said, “I forgive YOU, but I’m not going to ‘fool with you’ anymore.”