Friday, July 10, 2015

Sincerely ... (2 Corinthians 8:7-8)

Today’s scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:7-8

Someone once said, “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.”

Wise words.

Speaking of wise words, I love reading through the beatitudes through which Our Lord Jesus gave us words to live by. Today’s verses resonate with being “pure in heart” (Matthew 5:8). One aspect of being pure in heart is sincerity:

It is single-mindedness, having a single heart. More precisely, the primary reference is to sincerity. The pure in heart have their whole lives, public and private, transparent before others. Their very hearts—including their thoughts and motives—[are] pure, unmixed with anything devious, ulterior or false. (The Beatitudes: Developing Spiritual Character, John Stott)
When we, as Paul writes, “abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspire …,” people see something different in us.

When we focus on those things that are above rather than those things on earth (Colossians 3:1-3), we find peace and contentment that the world craves.

When we manifest the fruit of the Spirit, showing love, joy, gentleness (Galatians 5:22), people may very well want to know the source of that love, joy, gentleness …

We have been given much, especially our salvation. We should—no, we must—live so that others want to know our Savior.


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