Proposition: Christianity makes moral demands.
I. THINK RIGHT, vs. 17-24
A. Not as the godlessII. TALK RIGHT, vs. 25-29
B. Not as the hardhearted
C. Not as the ignorant
A. No lying wordsIII.. ACT RIGHT, vs. 30-32
B. No angry words
C. No insincere words
D. No unwholesome words
A. Be careful.Conclusion: We speak of a well-rounded personality; but there are three sides to character, and each part is necessary if one is to be a whole person and a holy person.
B. Be courteous.
C. Be kind.
D. Be compassionate.
In Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem, "Concert," there is a verse spoken by a girl as she leaves her lover to attend the symphony alone:
H. G. Wells once said, "If there is no God, nothing
matters. If there is a God, nothing else matters!" That ought
to highlight our need to walk in God's ways, to talk in a fashion that
pleases Him, and to think on those things that honor Him.
Do you remember the chant from childhood: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." It isn't so. Every one of us has sometimes been hurt by words. We have been hurt by lying words. We have been hurt by unkind words. We have been hurt by angry words. It is our place to forgive and forget - but also to be instructed by such experiences so that our words do not bring pain to others as others words have brought pain to us.
Everyone is familiar with that splendid organization,
Alcoholics Anonymous. The idea has worked so well that it spawned
Gamblers Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous. Now, there is a new
one. It's called Anonymous Anonymous. It is for all the people
who do not want anybody to know what their problem is. We know the
problem, however. It is sin. The old man must be crucified
and buried and his deeds buried with him.
When we "get even" with someone, that is exactly
what we are doing. We are descending to their level. Instead
of walking on a higher plane, we are stooping to the same low level they
Recently, United Press International reported on
the large number of Christian converts in the world of music. Bonnie
Bramlett, Bob Dylan, Donna
Summer, B. J. Thomas, Richie Furie, and Al Green are among them.
They all achieved success in the world of entertainment, but found life
empty without Christ. All people need to experience the new life
and walk the new ways of Christ. For that there is no substitute
- not fame, not money, not success, not anything!
Viola Tyrrell writes about Omnephris, a young man who lived in A.D. 60. Madly in love, he hired a trumpeter to walk before him and a crier to walk behind him. As he paraded through the streets, the crier shouted, "The noble Omnephris doth love the beautiful Dionysia." Dionysia relented and married him, saying, "How can I doubt the love of him who hath trumpeted me abroad?" How can we doubt God s love when He offers us such newness? Does God have reason to doubt our love? Are we too coy and shy in showing that we love God and all His children?