Monday, May 14, 2012

Prov 21 : 6 - 8 Telltale signs

Pro 21:6  The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
Pro 21:7  The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
Pro 21:8  The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

Have you ever heard the phrase "it's a dead giveaway"?  Usually the person saying those words means that something is quite obvious and easy to be seen. These verses made me wonder if my testimony, my attitudes, and how I live, made it obvious that I was a Christian?

Check out those first two verses . . . for that matter, the first part of verse 8, too. All of those concern the wicked person, right?  Lying, robber, being "froward" (which most people translate as perverse) and strange (the root of the word used there has to do with bearing guilt) . . . all of those are things we should root out of our lives.
In contrast, though, look at those few words at the end of verse 8: "As for the pure, his work is right."  Another translation says, "the conduct of the innocent is upright".

Hmmm, so what does my conduct say about me? Paul encouraged the Philippians to live their lives so that their conversation (conduct) would be a telltale sign that they were Christians:
Phi 1:27  Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

And James has some words for us today, too:
Jam 3:13  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 
You may have heard this question before:  if you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?


Belinda said...

I'm sure there would be evidence, but it's doubtful I would be convicted. :/ This is an important topic for me Snoodles. I really want it to be obvious that I'm a Christian, but I don't think I quite measure up.

Hillbilly Tonya said...

I find that it is hardest to show Christ in today's computer age. In person is not as hard as here. I often type short email reply's just out of need to hurry, but then going back I think that some of them sound rude and I don't mean to be at all.