Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Lip Service

Are we fair dinkum? 
How often do we 'move our lips' and say things we don't mean, have no intention of completing or flatter?
It's easy to say something but never intend to carry through.   It's easy to say words that seem to show we are sincere.   However, if we simply use words to flatter, appear to be honest and knowledgeable but are not sincere, then we are simply liars.
Our words and our actions must work together.   If you want respect and trust then what you say, and do matters.
So if you say you will do something - e.g. make a phone call, visit someone, pray for a friend, complete a task, then your action is to do so.  People watch you.  Even when you think no one is watching you.
Traits we need to cultivate in our lives:
Integrity;
Compassion;
Honesty;
Sincerity;
Love  (charity would be a better word; see more below *)
Mercy
Kindness
Gentlenes...
You get the idea.  Let's be real.  Not seeking our own gain, but seeking the best for those around us.
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What's the difference between love and charity in the New Testament?
When the word agape is used in the context of vertical action (God toward man and/or man toward God), it is translated as "love."
When the word agape is used in the context of horizontal actions (man toward neighbor or enemy), it is translated as "charity."
* (...following excerpt from 
http://www.varsityfaith.com/2010/07/whats-difference-between-love-charity.html?m=1)

"...It is certainly acceptable for modern translations to replace "charity" with "love," but I don't think it's preferable. The word "love," as we use it today, carries more than one meaning. We say we love ice cream. We say we love our family. We say we love our wives. We say we love God. We say we love music. You get the point...."

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