Today's scripture reading in the book of Mark reminds me of the old saying that we've heard a million times, "Actions speak louder than words.”
No truer words than this. But when we apply this saying to our walk with God, how do we measure up?
In Mark chapter 7, the Pharisees and the leaders of the law quickly criticized the disciples for not obeying the law by eating with unclean hands. But Jesus pointed out what hypocrites they were; honoring Him with their lips but not from their heart.
(Mark 7:6) He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.'"
It is easy to say that you love someone, but if you had never spent time with them or shown affection to them, it would be difficult for such love to grow. That's why in a romantic relationship it is called courting, it's the stage where you are getting to know one another.
In the same way, it isn't enough to just say that you love God. Many people can memorize His words without ever knowing Him. We must hide His Holy Word in our hearts! This is the place that His Holy Spirit will spill out from.
We need to get to know God, maybe even court Him!
When we give our heart over to God, it is only a matter of time that what is in our heart will spew out of our mouth.
May we live in such a way that God would never say to us, "(insert your name here), honored Me with their lips, but their heart was far from Me."
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: Leviticus 26, Mark 7, Psalm 45:13-17
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