Read Proverbs 16:1-3 – The preparations of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirits. Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established. (NKJV)
Purity – A Promise to My Family
This passage’s piece of wisdom warns us to not fool ourselves. Our natural human tendency is to justify our own behavior, creating shades of gray that we aren’t equally willing to draw for others. Truth is, it may be easier for us to lie to ourselves and get away with it than it is to lie to anyone else. That’s why we need a standard like the Bible to hold us accountable to truth. Without a standard to live by, one that we can’t alter to serve our purposes, we would bend back and forth between commitment and failure. With the Bible in hand, we have truth that can provide the standard we need to keep our lives on track. If we judge ourselves, we will cut corners for selfish benefit, but when we let God’s Word evaluate us, we have an accurate picture of who we are and where we are headed.
– Dr. Mike Clarensau serves as Senior Director of the Healthy Church Network of the Assemblies of God.