Jesus Be the Center of It All

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight,
O Lord, my [firm, immovable] rock and my Redeemer.

Have you heard the phrases, "if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all," and "do unto others as you would have done unto you?" I know I have, and they both sound good in theory, but oftentimes it is easier said than done. Let's face it, if we are honest, at times our emotions can get the best of us, and we say and do things that we may later regret. 

Whether we find ourselves gossiping about someone, or secretly seeking revenge, we must stop ourselves and ask who is at the center of our words and actions? Is it Jesus or the enemy? We subconsciously know that God is all around us, He is omnipotent and omniscient, but how quickly we forget when we speak or behave poorly towards are brothers and sisters. Even if you didn't post it on social media or text your friend about it, God always knows the contents of our hearts and minds. What percentage of your thoughts, words, and deeds, would He be pleased with?

As I ask you that question, I am also examining myself. As believers, are the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts acceptable and pleasing to God? Even when the leaders of our countries do and say things with which we disagree? Even when the drama queen is posting yet again on social media? Even when that co-worker is trying to pluck our last nerve? Even when we have disagreements with those closest to us? I know, it's a tough one!

But, God has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us control our mouths, to take our thoughts captives, and to love the unlovable. It is simply impossible for us to do in our own strength, but it can be done if we submit ourselves to the Holy Spirit, even when we don't "feel" like it. Unfortunately, we cannot be ruled by our feelings, we must obey and display God. As you go throughout your week, pay careful attention to your thoughts, words, and deeds. Ask yourself, "is God pleased?, "is this acceptable in His presence?" If not, reel it back in quickly!

Listen, I'm not saying that it is going to be easy, but I am saying that we must be intentional about being representatives of Christ, beyond when we just feel like it. Christ on the inside of us, means that God is always with us. Stay alert, make an effort to represent Him well by keeping Jesus at the center of all that you do, and I will do the same!

Make it a great week!

Arianne

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