The Truth of God

Where does God want the truth to be?

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In the heart. Our speaking must first be based on our working. Note the pattern: It begins in the heart, then it is spoken (Mark 11:23, 2 Corinthians 4:13). If the truth is in the heart, we will walk uprightly.

Mark 11:23 - For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

2 Corinthians 4:13 - And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I  spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak

How do we stay free from back-biting?

1.            Get bust “working righteousness” and speaking truth.

2.            Talk positively about people when they’re not around. Build others up, not yourself.

What should our attitude be toward our neighbor?

Make sure you are a blessing by not seeking his harm in any way (Proverbs 3:29, 27:10). You may need him later! Don’t look for trouble (a reproach) in him. Our attitude must exemplify 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

Proverbs 3:29 - Do not devise evil against your neighbor, for he dwells by you for safety’s sake.

Proverbs 27:10 - Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, Nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity; better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 - Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

How should the righteous view a vile person?

1.         We ought to condemn his attitude and actions (1 Corinthians 13:6). To the degree we hate iniquity, we will have joy.

1 Corinthians 13:6 – Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.

Hebrews 1:9 - You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

2.       As the salt of the earth, we cannot afford to be neutral.

3.            Down with the silent majority.

              Psalm 12:8 - The wicked prowl on every side, when vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

4.            We out to hate the things we once loved.

Jeremiah 15:19 - Therefore thus says the LORD: “ If you return, then I will bring you back; you shall stand before Me; if you  take out the precious from the vile, you shall be as My mouth. Let them return to you, but you must not return to them.

5.            Remember, God will hold us accountable if we hold our tongue at the time we should “cry out”.

Ezekiel 9:4-7 – and the LORD said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.” To the others He said in my hearing, “Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity. Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the temple.

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