Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Where Is Your Heart?

Dottie asked in the comments about Joshua and Brittany not dating. She wanted to know how they met. Our family is really good friends with her family. We used to fellowship together when we lived in Florida. If you would like to read the story of their betrothal go to this post.

We are back into the swing of the Bible study we are doing with friends. It got put on hold a couple of weeks with the wedding. This Bible study is rich and I would highly recommend it to any adult and it would be wonderful for parents to do with their children who are 13 or so and older.

This week we are talking about the fruit of repentance... about being contrite, having mercy, being meek, righteousness and peace. There were some things in the study that I already knew, but I need so badly to be reminded of. One thing I really appreciate about this study, is it shows you from God's Word, how we need to focus on OUR sin and not judging others.

It is so easy to get caught up in things. Maybe someone starts talking negative about someone or some group. You have had issues with that group as well. It is so easy to fall into judging them. I look around (my own heart included) and see such a spirit of negativism. I have heard comments made about others. These comments were very "catty" and based solely on the views of those who were making the comments without really knowing the person they were talking about. They talked from what they like or dislike. How often do I do that? They were not showing mercy. The one verse they had us read and comment on was James 2:13. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged bythe law of liberty. For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

Are you busy feasting on the Word? Are you getting as close to God as you can? Are you asking Him what you need to do different or add or take away from your life to be more pleasing to Him? Do you see the sin in other's lives and forget to be contrite over your own sin? These are all questions that I am asking myself.

Let's hear from the rest of you...

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