Philemon 1:5 What Do They Hear About You?

because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. Philemon 1:5

No matter where a person goes in the world, people hear other people talking about other people all the time. Those being talked about are often famous people or people in the headlines, but there are also local people that they work with or are around that are being talked about.

Occasionally one will hear good news about a person, but often it is only negative news being talked about a person.

In this short book to Philemon, Paul talks about how he hears about Philemon’s love for God’s people and about his faith in Jesus.

Every person has a reputation with those who know him and are around him. No one can completely hide and be isolated from everyone else. People are watching what a person says and does and then begins to talk about it.

The thing that stands out the greatest in watching others is what they are doing and if they are true to what they are saying. Many people will say one thing, but do the absolute opposite thing.

Believers in the church are supposed to be like Jesus in everything that they say and do. The greatest things that Jesus did was show love to others and show complete faith in God.

Too often in churches, people are cutting others down, rather than showing love. Many will also worry and fret over things, rather than trust God through situations.

When a person is showing love all the time towards others and is showing complete faith in God, he will stand out as different. Both people in and out of the church will notice it and talk about it. Their reputation will precede them.

As a believer, people in and out of the church are also watching you in what you say and do. As they are watching, they are also talking about you.

When they see you, what are they seeing? Are they seeing someone who loves others unconditionally? Are they seeing someone who is putting complete faith in God?

Be willing to examine your life and see where you really stand with God and others. Allow God to change your heart and make you more like Jesus.

Give the people something to talk about that points them back to God and His work in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have God’s love for all people; that you will have complete faith in God; that others will see your love and faith in God; and that your life will point others towards Jesus.

Proverbs 14:23 Hard Work Or Just Talk

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All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23

Talk is easy. People can talk about a lot of things that they will plan to do. Dreams and goals are often talked about and set on a daily basis by millions of people. Grand dreams of changing the world, inventing the newest gadget, starting a business, and much more.

Every new year, people will draw up elaborate lists of goals for the new year. Many times they will go into great detail of what the goal is and how they plan to accomplish it.

Out of all of the goals set, very few will ever be accomplished. Very few people will take the steps needed in order to fulfill the goal that they had set.

Solomon brings out a great truth about hard work and talk. Hard work will often lead to a profit or success, while just talking will bring only poverty.

It will often take hard work and dedication to accomplish a goal. Most goals are not easily accomplished.

It is common for people to seek to gain without the hard work. They want the ‘get rich quick’ method, rather than the slower hard work method. In the process, most of their goals are just talk, leading to nothing.

This can also be found in the life of a believer. Many believers talk about following God and believing in Jesus, yet, that is all it is…talk. Their lives never change. They continue to live the same way, often in sins, and refusing to be a witness.

Although salvation is free, God has work for every believer to do. It sometimes takes hard work to be a witness. It can be hard work to turn away form sin. It can be hard work to pray or read the bible. Yet, doing each of these and following God will bring about a profit of the soul.

Not working for God will bring to a poverty of the spirit and soul, missing what God has for the person.

Do not just allow yourself to talk about being a follower of Jesus, be one. Do the hard work God has called you to do.

Work at turning away from sin, work at being His witness, work at being like Jesus. Do what it takes to build your life into the image of Jesus. As you do your part, God will do His part and bring the reward and increase the efforts effects.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus brings; that you will work to turn from sin against God; that God will give you the strength to be His witness; and that you will not be a follower of Jesus just in words, but in action.

Psalm 55:21 Smooth, But Deadly Talk

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His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords. Psalm 55:21 

Salesmen are known to be able to talk to a person very smoothly. The best salesmen are the ones who can talk someone into buying something that they cannot afford or really want.

Lawyers are another group of people who are known to be able to talk. They can get a person to say things that he did not want to say, bringing on a conviction. When it happens, the person is surprised because it happened so quickly and smoothly.

Talk is something that is easily done. However, understanding what is really being said is another thing. The world will often talk as if it really cares about people, that they are looking out for what is best for everyone, yet, what they are saying is bringing about death.

David had a friend betray him. He had been speaking words that sounded good, but were deadly. There was a war going on and not always a physical war.

The world talks about believers in a way that makes them out to be haters and deadly. They speak in such smooth words that it turns the words of a believer around, making them look to be the bad guys.

Believers can also fall into this same trap with the way they talk. Talking about how a sinner is a sinner and doing everything wrong can sound good, but often it is harsh judgement with no love in the words.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit can help a believer discern what someone is really saying. The Holy Spirit can also reveal what the believer is really saying to others or about others.

The words of God are filled with love, mercy and compassion. There is no deception being spoken as many in the world speak. These are the words believers should be speaking.

There will be times when people will speak to you in deceptive words. The world will strive to convince you that its way of living is the way to live. Allow yourself to be filled and guided with the Holy Spirit, to know what is really the truth and not deadly.

Allow your words, also, to be the words of God, rather than those of the world. Do not be deceptive in what you say. Build others up and point them to God, rather than destroy.

I pray today that you will be filled and guided by God’s Holy Spirit; that God will reveal words spoken to you and their meaning; that God will guide your words spoken to others; and your words will be the words of God bringing life to others.

Proverbs 14:23 Work Versus Talk

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23

It can be easily seen that hard work will usually bring about a profit for a person. Being dedicated to the job and getting the job done in the best way possible, will allow a person to get promoted to a better position with better pay.

Those who do not work or do not work hard, fall into poverty. This will include people who do work, but do the absolute minimum work possible. They try to cut the corners to get out of working hard. Doing this will keep the employer from giving any pay raises or promotions and will keep them in poverty. They only talk the talk.

Looking at hard work and the rate of pay is the most common way to look at this verse. However there is the spiritual realm of a person’s life to be looked at.

In the same way that people refuse to work hard at their job, there are many people who refuse to work hard on their spiritual growth. Becoming a Christian believer in Jesus is very easy to do. Growing and maturing in Jesus is another thing. It is something that takes hard work and dedication.

Paul said in Philippians 2:12, to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. He told Timothy to fight the good fight and to take captive every thought. You are also told to put on the full armor of God so that you can fight the battle.

Each of these verses show that you must work hard. It is a battle to control your thoughts. It is hard work to fight against the schemes of the devil in this world. It takes dedicated focus to flee all sin.

If you are faithful in working hard at growing and maturing in Jesus, God will ensure you success and profit in the spiritual realm. You will hear the voice of God and God will do great things in and through you.

If you slack on it and do the minimum, you will be in spiritual poverty. You will not hear God’s voice and He will be unable to do great things in and through you.

Do not just talk about being a Christian, work at it and be one.

How hard are you working today?

Are you giving it your all?

Or are you doing just the minimum?

I pray today that God will show you areas to work harder at in your life; that you will dedicate your life to being like Jesus; that you will make every effort to grow in God; and that God will give you great spiritual success in this life.