December 17, 2016

What she doesn't talk about

The wise woman.

We see from Scripture that the wise woman does many things.

We don't see that she talks a lot.

But when she does, the words she speaks are kind.

What does the word "kind" mean?

Benevolent in nature.

She sees what others need, and she is good to them, helping them with life.

Her teachings are instructive, gentle, encouraging.

We don't see in her a person who is ever ill at ease, discontent, or complaining.

She is just always way too occupied with the Kingdom of heaven.

It fills her days, and because she belongs to the King, she is happy.

Those closest to her see her happiness.

Many times, it may be easy for supposed Christians to put on a happy face for the outside world, and then display quite the opposite at home, but that is not the case for the woman with the new nature.

What you see outside, you'll see inside, because her insides have been washed.

She is clean.

She was once dead in sin. Once walked in darkness. Not any more. (Eph. 2:1, Col. 2:13, Eph. 2:5).

Sin no longer stains her soul. She no longer lives in darkness. She no longer wags her tongue.

Do you? Are you happy inside and out? Are you aware that what leaves your mouth reveals your heart? Are you aware that you can pretend, and even lie to yourself about your behavior, and think that it has no effect on your life with God, but you have no relationship with him if you complain.

Many think that they are saved, yet are not.

That is what Jesus says in Matthew 7:21-23.

Why would someone think that they are saved, yet are not?

They are deceived.

They have not come to God as he commands.

They have listened to the blind leading the blind.

They walk the wide road, first good, and then bad, first sweet, and then sour.

They think that their efforts to live for God are worthy of attention from him.

He does not see effort.

He sees obedience, or disobedience.

He sees a clean heart, or a sinful one.

The clean heart has repented, and the sinful one has not.

The pure in heart see God.

The sinful one will not.

What do your words reflect?

Purity, or deceit?

Kindness, or indifference?

What the wise woman does not speak of tells us much about her heart.

There are some things that are best never to say, and the wise woman will hold her tongue.

"Those who consider themselves religious, and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless," James 1:26.

How does the wise woman keep total control of her tongue?

It is because she has been crucified with Christ. Her body, mind, and spirit belong to God.

He controls her.

Does he control you?

It will be all or nothing at all.

Study.

You'll see for yourself, or you'll stayed deceived, and find your tongue wagging, and you're helpless to do anything consistently about it, for only in repentance, and being washed is one crucified.

The "doing" of righteousness is not of the redeemed, but of the One who has taken the reins through faith in the words of Jesus, and he commands us to repent, and obedience brings faithfulness.

When you repent, then you truly believe in him.

Then you'll be totally loyal, for he will accomplish in you what you cannot do for yourself ever.

Don't even try, for trying is vain effort, and constitutes work on your part.

According to God, work, striving, and effort stinks (Isaiah 64:6). 

Repent. The kingdom of heaven is at hand.


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