When Saying it Isn’t Enough
I am doing a study through Revive our Hearts, it is a 14 day study and it is covering the first two paragraphs of Titus 2. First off let me start by saying it has been such a wonderful study, here is the link to the entire series, and I highly encourage you to listen. They’re amazing!
As I listen through the series, the speaker for day 6, Damaris Carbaugh, challenged me to think about when I had lied, and when I had gossiped. As I sat there I was embarrassed to confess to myself and to God that sadly I have done both. As I looked over my life I could easily recall times when I had lied to my mother, gossiped about other women to my coworkers or sister because, they had made me mad. Or I gossiped about another mother who I didn’t think was parenting correctly, like I am one to talk. How awful?
Titus 2:3 says,
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the ways they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.
For this series Carbaugh was asked to covered the slanderer part of that verse, and my goodness it was convicting, yet filled with gracious teaching. The definition for slanderer– is someone who takes the action of making a false or true statement about someone to hurt or damage them.
Have I ever said anything that wound damage or hurt someone? Goodness, that really set be back. As I though about it I realized that every time I had gossiped about someone else, what I was really doing was hurting or damaging to them.
As if that was not enough to make me feel awful about myself, Carbaugh also said Slander is when you behave in a way that misrepresents Jesus’ character. Okay, so how does one misrepresent Jesus’ character?
Any time I choose do something so others would think more of me,
then more of Jesus, I have slandered His name.
Or anytime I do not reflect the glory of
Jesus I slander His name.
Well here we go again I have to admit, I am guilty of seeking after selfish recognition and I have found joy in doing things so people can think more of me! Which translates into me not making more of my God, our flesh thrives on recognition of self! Yet we were designed and created to bring God glory not ourselves!
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made. Isaiah 43:7
God did not create us because he needs us to help make him more glorious, or that his wonder and beauty would be increased by us. But rather he created us to reflect and display his glory. So that those around us might see his glory in us.
So it cannot just be in the words we speak but we must display our love for God! Does my life reflect the Jesus? Do the words that leave my mouth reflect Jesus? Do the actions I take reflect Jesus and do the display his glory?
My goal here today is not to make you feel like crud about yourself but rather to shed light on the grace of God! Ladies we all fall short, continuously, yet our God is so wondrous to renew his mercies every morning! Praise his name that he has forgiven me for all the horrors that have left my mouth, and all the actions that I have taken that have been to reflect my glory! Praise His name that I have been forgiven! Also praise His name for the Holy Spirit, that is living inside us and brings His truth to light!!
Now how do we take this information and start growing into women who display His glory, not only with our words but also with our actions? Well, this is going to sound simple, but if we are truly honest with ourselves we make it out to be the hardest thing to do.
READ YOUR BIBLE
When we become saturated in the world then those words on a page start to become living and breathing within our very existence! When we devote time to the word, and time to studying it, our eyes are open and our hearts will begin to change!!