within, without

I must have Christ within me so I can be used to reach those without… Without hope, without love, without joy, without peace, without faith.

Scripture says in Matthew 12:34, “Out of the overflow of your heart your mouth speaks.” But I think the way it is described in The Message explains it a little better,  “You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.” (v. 34-37). 

Jesus was talking with the religious leaders of the day, telling them that they could use all the right words, all the day long, but it wasn’t the words that made the difference– it was the heart.  It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. 

We are called to remember Who we represent as believers.  Even as those who are seeking and exploring Christianity, it is important to remember that if we want to attract others to Christ, we must have something, do something, be someone, who draws others to Him.

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.” — St. Francis of Assisi

May what is within me reflect the God that I proclaim…

 

 

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About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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