We live in an era of spin, damage control and fake news.
These words have been running through my head all last week. Do they describe you?
Holding to high moral values. Consistently displaying a calm and unruffled nature. Being faithful in all things. Living in a manner worthy of respect.
Paul’s letter to the Philippian church comes to mind:
Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Good advice from your mother –
Mom, and God.
Psalm 40:2 (NIV)
He lifted me . . . out of the mud and mire.
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
. . . The one who has clean hands and a pure heart.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
“Sin has the devil for its father,
shame for its companion,
and death for its wages.”
Thomas Watson (1620-1686)
James 1:15 (NIV)
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;
and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
I had one of those days: horrible circumstances not my fault, terrible responses all my fault.