Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Proverbs 22: 11 The next of the "do's" for us to consider

The generous will themselves be blessed,
    for they share their food with the poor.
11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace
    will have the king for a friend.
12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
    but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.

Today's "do," or something to strive for, is a very tall order. Very tall. There are two things here for us to try to achieve: a pure heart, and speaking with grace.

Let's look at our heart first. How can we have pure hearts? You know the answer here, just as well as I do . . . 
Psalm 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Mending it won't work. It has to be created; the sin has to be removed so that the Holy Spirit can dwell with us.  And you and I cannot do it ourselves. Oh, no.  It can only be done by our Father, through salvation, "and that through faith in Christ Jesus" as Paul tells Timothy in II Timothy 3:15.

Here's where the problem comes in --- we all know that our hearts don't stay pure automatically. We can't just set the cruise control, can we? Nope. Psalm 119: 9-16 tells us three things we should do:
                              1. Seek God with all our hearts
                              2. Hide God's word in our hearts 
                              3. Meditate on his Word
See? I told you it was a tall order!
Now let's consider "speaking with grace."
"Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." Col. 4:6
To speak with grace, we need to have grace in our hearts. And, if we are going to follow Colossians 3:17, we are going to "do all in the name of Jesus," aren't we? Hmmmm, I don't think we can yell at our mate in the name of Jesus.....or fuss at the other driver in the name of Jesus....or be peevish waiting in the grocery store line in the name of Jesus. Maybe we should apply some tests to our speech, to see if we are speaking with grace:
             1. Is it true?
             2. Is it complete, or half the story?
             3. Is it necessary?
             4. Is it kind?
What is the result of fulfilling this tall order? Look at the verse --- it's a promise! The king will be our friend. What king? Which king? The Messiah, the Prince of Peace, the King of Kings will be our Friend.
What an honor, and what a privilege!


Belinda said...

How different life would be, if everyone remembered (me especially) to say everything and do everything in the name (as for) Jesus. Even after 35 years, I'm still working on my responses to my husband and my reactions to situations that are less than what I would like. Still working on not criticizing others and saying unkind things about them behind their back (or in front of them).
God has been pouring some big truths out of you this week Snoodles! Definitely things I need to hear.

Snoodles said...

Thank you so much, Belinda. I am so humbled by your words. It is an answer to prayer, since I have been asking God to use my words to help those who read these posts. To know that God has answered is truly a blessing.

Miki Willa said...

Another very thought provoking post. I needed this reminder to model kindness of word with my granddaughter. Thank you.

Cathy said...

It is so easy to speak without thinking. This is a reminder that even our smallest words reflect back on us and our Saviour. What damage we unthinkingly do to our reputations and His. Thanks you for bringing this to our eyes, and reminding us of this, that we need to think before we speak, and weigh each thought and each word.

Carrie P. said...

those three things are so important: seek, hide, meditate. It is a very tall order that I have to strife for every day. thanks for sharing.