The Word of God Judges the Thoughts and Attitudes of the Heart

Hebrews 4:12 UMC Split

The word of God judges the thoughts and attitudes of our heart

A good many claim we be wrong ter judge another feller. The Sun says as much.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – Jesus (Matthew 7:1-6)

“I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.”– Jesus (John 8:15)

“There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.” – Jesus (John 12:48)

But thar be nothing wrong with discerning a matter or the fruit of another feller.  Loving John says as much. “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” (1 John 4:1-6)

Thar be a good many from the world and they speak the world’s words. The world and those who follow the world’s ways listens to ’em who preach the world’s ways.

But we be from Skipper. Whoever knows Skip listens ter us and the words of the Sun and Skipper. Whoever not be from Skip does not listen to us, the Sun or his Father. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of lies. The Sun put it this way:

“By a person’s fruit you will recognize those who speak lies. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” – Jesus (Matthew 7:16-20)

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart. An evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” – Jesus (Luke 6:45)

“I have given them your word. And because of your word, the world hates them.” – Jesus (John 17:14)

Get the Sun’s words in you and it’ll change both yer mind, thinking, and heart.

May No One Malign Your Word and Character Due to Our Actions

Titus 2:1-5—Prayers for the Church

May No One Malign Your Word and Character Due to Our ActionsLord, through your servant Paul we are commanded to teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Therefore, we ask that through your Spirit of Truth you lead us to teach the older men among us to be temperate and agreeable, worthy of respect, and self controlled. May we at all times be sound in faith, in love, and in endurance. 

Likewise, bless us to teach older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanders or gossips, or addicted too much wine. Rather teach what is good and pure so they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, busy at home, kind, and subject to their husbands. 

May no one malign your word and character due to our actions. 

Amen and amen.

Pure Speech and Character

Titus 1:15-16

Pure Speech and CharacterLord, to the pure, all things are pure. But to those who are corrupted by the lies of the devil and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know you, but by their actions they deny you, your words, and slander your character. They are detestable, dishonest in deed and word and unfit for doing anything good within your body. 

Therefore we ask that you expose those who mock your teachings, distort your truths, and lie about your nature. Rebuke them, not for judgement, but for council, correction, and perfecting. May we walk beside such individuals and offer your love, grace, and mercy. May our speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, and pour forth from a humble heart. 

Amen and amen.