Out Of The Fullness Of The Heart

December 28th, 2012

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3 John 9-14

Like Gaius’s church struggling with Diotrephes’ un-Christlike actions, our present reality is not left untouched by people who call themselves Christians but do nothing to live like Christ. In light of the confusion spread by such people, John’s words are clear to us as well: “Do not imitate what is evil but what is good” (v. 11).

One youth worker used to say to me, “Trash in, trash out.” She meant that if I filled my mind with trash, it was bound to come out in my actions and attitudes. Jesus reminds us “the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (Matt. 12:34). So in order to have good come out of our lives, we need to be intentional about putting good things in us. The apostle Paul gives us a recipe for imitating good when he encourages us to think about “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable.” We are to think about “anything . . . excellent or praiseworthy” (Phil. 4:8).

How much time do you spend thinking about, and trying to imitate, what is good?

Author: Michaele LaVigne



One Response to “Out Of The Fullness Of The Heart”

  1. Nydia Says:

    December 28th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Thank you for having the devotional in audio format, it made it more enjoyable and the voice of the one reading was clear and the speed was just right.

    Thanks again, Nydia

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