The Value of Virtue

“It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.” – (Mark 7:15-16, NLT)

“Your souls aren’t harmed by what you eat, but by what you think and say!” – (Mark 7:15-16, TLB)

“What truly contaminates a person is not what he puts into his body, but what comes out. That’s what makes a person defiled.” – (Mark 7:15-16, TPT)

 

Our bodies are a temple and should be treated accordingly. Though we ought to be wise with what and how much we consume, it is not what makes the temple unclean, but rather the things that come from our heart. Our charge to love God and love people requires an investment in our relationship with Him. When we are intentional to seek time with the Lord and study His word, our hearts are cleansed and what we think and say more clearly reflects what He intends for us. In other words, the temple is made beautiful by the expressions of the heart, not by the appearance of the structure. May we ever seek our Savior to cleanse and empower us, so that we may go forth in love, according to His good and perfect plan.

 

The things from the heart, img_2019-03-02_05-51-164357877272792768654.jpg

Each word that’s spoken;

Has power to heal,

Or make things broken.

It is up to us,

To seek and choose well;

And trust in the Lord,

As in Him we dwell.

For He will grant strength,

Remove what’s unclean;

Plant in us, His light,

So His love is seen.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that what we consume is not what makes us unclean, but rather the state of our heart and what we think and say. Forgive us for allowing our hearts to stray from You, so that our thoughts or words no longer reflect Your goodness and grace. Teach us to trust You in all things and at all times to grant us Your grace to speak light and life and love. Show us how to love those around us in the same way that You so lavishly and unconditionally love each of us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You, as Your heart is made visible by our love. Be glorified O God, as we seek and trust in You to help us fix our thoughts on the things of You so that our words and deeds shine Your light wherever we go. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. – Colossians 3:14

 

Diligent for All of Our Days

God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. – (Hebrews 6:10-11)

 

God is fair and He notices what we do in love as His representatives, even when no one else does. He calls us to love others just as He has loved us, and when we do so, we are honoring Him. Every act of help, encouragement, and kindness, is seen by our Heavenly Father. Though we are not saved by what we do, our actions are expressions of the hope to which we hold. Let us not become weary in doing good… (Galatians 6:9)

 

Do not grow weary,Diligent for All of Our Days

in doing what’s right;

do as the Lord asks,

and fight the good fight.

For our God, He sees,

each act in love done;

He sees how we help,

our great Holy One.

Press on in the faith,

stay true to the Lord;

our hope is assured,

through Him we adore.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You see and know all that we do unto You. Thank You that it matters not who knows in the here and now, as the only reward that matters is eternal. Thank You that our hope is secured in You. Thank You for the privilege of being Your representatives to the world. Forgive us for when we fail to represent You well, and help us to honor You with our every word, thought and deed. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may be an extension of Your help and Your hope to all those who are around us. Help us to be diligent for all of our days, until at last we see Your face. Lead us to love well, just as You so perfectly love each of us. May many come into a saving relationship with You as we work, love and help unto You. Be glorified, O God, as we seek to serve diligently all of our days. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23