Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Limits Of Truth

It was a tense trial. The man who was facing serious charges needed someone to testify to his trustworthiness. One of his friends was called to the stand as a witness. He was asked, “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?”
He quietly responded, “Yes I do.”
The judge turned to him and asked, “Do you understand the meaning of that oath?”
“Yes, your Honor, I do,” he replied. And then added, “But under those conditions I don’t have much to say.”
What a careful, cautious response. He had much that he could say, but he was clear about what he would not say.
Whatever we put into our minds determines what comes out of our mouths and is seen in our behavior. Paul advised us to program our minds to “Think about things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and worthy of praise.” What a challenge!
If we take Paul’s advice seriously and pause to consider what we allow to enter our minds, we might be quite surprised. As people of “habits” we do things out of routine that have been established over the years.
Whatever we look at or read, think on or talk about will influence our minds and hearts and eventually our behavior. 
Take care!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, fill our minds with thoughts that come from Your Word that will draw us so close to You that we will speak words of praise. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:8 Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.