Wednesday Word 6.17.2020

Romans 10:9-12 New International Version

“9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him…”

Paul makes it pretty plain. What you believe in your heart must be voiced with your mouth. If you believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord, then what you say and what you do must be consistent with that belief. It should be plain to all you meet that you believe that Jesus is your Savior. Making sure that how we act towards each other comes out of that belief is the task at hand.

My problem is that human nature sometimes takes over. It is easy for me to allow the behavior of others to provoke negative reaction on my part. That typically only serves to hurt me in the long run. On a much broader scale, it is easy for people to feel threatened and respond according. Psychologists call the response “fight or flight.” It is part of our biology. If we are all acting out of that human nature, we are going to see a lot of fear and a lot of anger. That will only serve to hurt us all in the long run. We need to make sure that what comes out of our mouths reflects the teachings of the Lord who lives in our hearts. 1 John 4:8, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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