Breaking Bread For 4.13.21

Scripture

He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Mark 7:20-23

Reflection

What is inside your heart surfaces in your mind, and comes out of you through word, action and even inaction. If you are two-faced, a back stabber, stingy (with your money, time, and resources), arrogant, cruel, or abusive, that is in your heart and these things unfortunately define you as a person. Your character is shaped and defined by what you do and how you do it, what you say and how you say it.

If you have the means to do so, but still choose to pay people and businesses late or not at all—that is the junk that you have been collecting in your heart, that clouds your thinking. If you have to remind people what you have done for them, make them feel as though they couldn’t get what they have without you, that is the unsettled mess and darkness within your heart that is now pouring into your daily life.

Cleanse your heart, mind, and your mouth.

God doesn’t sit back and run down to you a list of things that He’s done for you. He doesn’t send you an itemized statement listing every blessing you have received to remind you of His greatness. Jesus doesn’t pop in and say, “Hey, don’t forget I let them humiliate me, beat and torture me, nail me to the cross, in front of my mother, so I could save you”.

If you choose to hold on to clothes, furniture, and other items that you no longer use, instead of donating or selling them to someone who could get the most use out of them—you are being a hoarder of stuff and a poor steward of the things God has blessed you with. We’re supposed to pay it forward, not be stingy and think we’re supposed to be satisfied continually in excess.

If you get in a disagreement or end a relationship focused solely only on what someone did or said to you and not considering your actions and words, and not considering what the ultimate purpose that brought the two of you together—then how could you ever reach a point of creating harmony, walking in God’s Light, and being Christ-like?

If it’s all about you being the victim, the martyr, the complainant—then you totally miss the point Jesus taught.

You need to look in the mirror and decide which life you want to lead—the one God has planned for you, or the one that you are currently ruining by thinking you are living right. Get aligned and let God determine if you’re righteous. It’s not your call it’s His!

Prayer

Father, I pray to You that if in me You see greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, arrogance, folly, a slanderous or sexually immoral person—please rid me and my heart of these evil ways. Purge out the filth. I only want to express the righteous qualities that come from You and Your son, and not the hypocrisies of the world in which I live. Please clean my impure thoughts, redirect my footing, and help me to see Your Light and Your desires for me. 

Let me to not be so into myself that I fail to see what You have given me and provided to me through Your children. Let me see, respect, honor, and acknowledge all of those people who have helped me each day of my life no matter how big or small the deed—for they obediently did these things through Your loving guidance and commands. Thank You Father. Amen.

Loving you always,

Natasha

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