A Matter of the Heart
Author: Ali Smith
Would you make fun of someone who didn’t have food?
Would you make fun of someone who didn’t have a smartphone?
Do you sit in a circle of friends to talk?
Do you gossip about others?
Only you can answer for yourself. I encourage you to think of how the person without the latest trendy thing and being excluded from a conversation may feel. I would imagine feeling left out, alone and maybe a little sad. How would you feel? Now think of the person whose last meal was the day before at school.
Would you show compassion for one over the other? If there is a difference in your answers, why do you think this is so?
I would venture to say, these questions all have one thing in common: What is in our heart shows. If we have some covetousness, pride, exclusivity or gossip in our heart or thoughts, they are more than likely to show in our actions and words. Our thoughts influence our words and our actions, which in turn influence others. Sometimes what our heart shows is not pretty, it can be rather ugly. Instead of stuffing the unpleasant thing back down in our hearts, let us deal with it through prayer. Let our thoughts to words and actions influence others in a positive way for the betterment of the kingdom.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (ESV)
We are called, as believers, to lift one another up and not to be a tripping stone to others. Walk away from the group gossiping, stand up for the person being teased, have compassion for others.
This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. John 5:12 (ESV)