The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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02/28/2011

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No Need For Small Print


"Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart" (Ps. 15: 1-2).

As kids playing together, whenever something was agreed to, a handshake sealed the deal. When you "shook on it" that meant that what had transpired was written in stone. Oh, we had the occasional weasel who would say that he had his fingers crossed and therefore it was not official, but for the most part our word and handshake was binding. Have we grown to adulthood with that same trust in the honesty and integrity of others? Aren't today's verses lovely. Wouldn't they be wonderful verses to meditate on? It is what makes dealing with fellow Christians so satisfying. God expects us to be a cut above the world. If we desire to dwell in His sanctuary, or live on His holy hill, the bar has been set for us...The verses explain beautifully what happens to a person whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous...That person will speak truth from their heart! In the Old Testament Law, there were many passages about swearing oaths and making vows...If you would like to read a few they are in; Lev.19:12, Num. 30:2, Deut. 23:21...In the Sermon On The Mount, Jesus cut through all of the red tape and eliminated the need for small print. "Simply let you 'Yes' be 'Yes' and your 'No' be 'No' ; anything beyond this comes from the evil one" (Matt. 5: 37). This is what the Psalmist meant when he said "speak truth from his heart." If our desire is for the world to be that way, it starts with us. When we speak the truth from our hearts at all times it begins. When we let our Yes be Yes and our No be No it continues. Never any finger crossing and no need for small print...

Have a great beginning to your week....A RAK or two would be a wonderful start... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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