Appearances Can Decieve

Things are not always as they appear.

I was accused recently of not "being a Christian" because I didn't behave the way somebody thought a "Christian" should behave. I was lied to, to my face, more than once.

I decided I will no longer have anything to do with that person. My boundary had been crossed and I would not, and will not pursue a reconciliation.


I guess it depends on your standard.

Matthew 5:37 (NIV) says it plain to me. "Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes', and your 'No', 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one."

Forgive? Difficult, but yes. But that doesn't mean I'm going to put myself in the same situation to be lied to again.

"The test of our spirituality comes when we come up against injustice and meanness and ingratitude and turmoil, all of which have the tendency to make us spiritual sluggards. We want to use prayer and Bible reading for the purpose of retirement. We utilize God for the sake of getting peace and joy, that is, we do not want to realize Jesus Christ, but only our enjoyment of Him. This is the first step in the wrong direction. All these things are effects and we try to make them causes." --Oswald Chambers, "My Utmost For His Highest"

This is today's reading (July 10) from the devotional I am currently using. I expect my Christian walk to be bloody and painful at times because the enemy of my soul will stop at NOTHING to defeat me. The more I do for God, the more I expect opposition.

But I have a strong foundation.

"...God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows who are his..." 2 Timothy 2:19 (NIV)