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01/28/2010

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Don't Blame Me


"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe" (Phil. 2:14 & 15).

There is a country/gospel song out there with the title, "You Can't Be a Beacon." The first line of the song says; "You can't be a beacon if your light don't shine." The grammar might not be too good but the message is clear. Jesus told us that we are to be "lights to the world." Sometimes that is much easier said than done isn't it... SO....What keeps us from being those lights that Jesus wants us to be? The apostle Paul puts his finger right on it in today's verse. Those that "shine out like stars in the universe", have to be "blameless and pure." What does being blameless actually mean? It comes from a Greek word meaning "free from fault or defect...deserving no censure."

This is a very tall order for most of us, and actually an impossible one. John writes to us, "if we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8). A closer take on being blameless has to do with something that Paul wrote to Titus. "In everything set them an example by doing what is good.....so that those that oppose may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us" (2: 7 & 8). He didn't tell Titus that he had to be perfect, but rather set an example by doing good. The more good that we do, and the more we adhere to the Word of God, the more blameless we can be. If we live this way, we will have no "glaring faults" that will dull our lights.

Nothing hinders our efforts to influence others in a positive way more than hypocrisy. People want to see the walk and not just hear the talk. If our faults are large ones, they will not see the good example for the glare, especially if we are trying to clear up a fault in their lives. When we mess up, lets be humble enough to say; "I'm sorry...I'll try really hard not to do that again." When we attempt to get our message across it must be with an attitude of humility, gentleness, kindness and patience. If we don't, those we wish to serve will oppose us, find faults in our character, and use it as a justification to reject our important message. We must never stop striving toward perfection, in the striving we may be able to reach blamelessness.

Have a wonderful day...It would be a splendid day for a RAK... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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