"What do you mean?"
We seem to have a big problem among Christians these days. We say one thing, mean another, and do something else! This is a mess and it certainly reflects badly on God's Church. We are Christ's ambassadors and every thing we say reflects on Him. We, Christians, just don't seem to think that it matters.
It does matter. It is lying and deceitful.
How many times have you been disappointed by believing what someone told you they would do? How many times has this taken your life off course, cost you more money, ruined trust and faith in you? I think it is time that the Church wakes up and begins to think before she speaks and promises, and then do what she says she will do. Yes, there are times we really mean what we say and have full intent of doing what we say, and then LIFE gets in the way and we are truly unable to complete what we promised. I think we all understand that and can relate to that. It is how we follow up with it. It is doing what is honorable and right, making amends. It is a problem with communication and integrity.
Do you communicate well? Do you call people and tell them you are unable to do what you said but you will do what you said at another time? And then do you follow through?
Through the course of my Christian life of the last 4o years, I have been disappointed, hurt, betrayed, and lied to by other Christian believers who just cannot do what they said they would. They will not keep integrity within them- selves to follow through with their word at another time. Integrity is doing what you say you will do. Communication is paramount. These then become careless and thoughtless words. It does not matter what you said, it matters what you do with what you said or promised.
Listen Church, the world is watching us; the world is listening to us. You represent Christ, the King of Kings, the Kingdom of God. ACT like it. Let your words line up with God's Word, and let your actions line up with both.
The words you give to others will affect your life as well. You will be accountable to your words. You will prosper or not prosper by the flavor of your words. What you give out to others will be given back to you.
So, if you want truth in your life, speak truth kindly to others. If you want trust in your life, show yourself trustworthy, if your want faith in your life, be faithful. if you want honesty and integrity in your life, allow them to flourish in your mouth to others.
God is not mocked. What you "seed" out you will get a harvest of it back in your own life. Christian businesses listen up. This will make or break your reputation, your business, your prosperity, your life. If you do not listen, your businesses will fail and frustration will be your ruin.
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Galatians 6:7, 10 "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." "Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
2 Corinthians 8:21 "For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man."
Luke 6:31 "And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them."
Matthew 12:36-37 "But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
Let us therefore, "say what we mean and mean what we say" - from now on!
- Pastor Sandi