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SPOT THE DIFFERENCE – PART 1

Galatians 5: 22 & 23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people.  We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

 

 

Mama had sent Mary to pluck three oranges from the garden.  Mary was puffed up with pride; it was her first time harvesting produce from the garden all by herself!  She stopped in front of a tree and looked up at the fruit.  Shaking her head she moved on to the next tree.  She was looking for oranges, not mangoes.  Mary passed by a banana tree, an avocado pear tree and an apple tree.  Mary giggled quietly to herself as she spotted the almond tree; Nana Akosua called it Abrofo Nkatie.  Finally Mary spotted a round succulent fruit hanging low off the orange tree.  She had found it!  It was a good thing she had known what to look for.
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With 7.4 billion people in the world you are bound to meet all kinds of people.  Some people will be like you and others will be so different that it becomes hard to understand them.  It usually takes a while to get to know what people are really like; there are people who have layers to their personality.  These people act one way when they are with family and another way when they are with friends and are different still when they meet new people.  It isn’t always so tough to know who you’re dealing with; there are some people with whom, what you see is what you get.  That is how a Christian should be.  But what exactly are you getting with a Christian?  Today’s text is the character make up of who a Christian is; who God expects us to be.  Do people walk away from you thinking you are an example of who a Christian is or not?
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Think About This

Are you the same person no matter where you are?  Is that person a Christian as described above?  What can you do to be a better Christian?

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Prayer

Dear Lord,

Help me live so that people can see Christ in me.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen

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HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY

1 John 1:9 On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing.

 

Guilt and palm oil were written all across Jayden’s face as Mummy questioned him on who had taken the meat of her soup pot.  He wondered if he had a chance of getting away with a lie, but then remembered that Mummy usually knew everything and she probably knew about this too.  With a gulp Jayden fessed up to pinching two big pieces of meat from the soup Mummy had put to cool on the dining table.  Mummy sighed and said she forgave him as she wiped the oil off his face.  She told Jayden that she was glad he had told the truth about it otherwise she would have had to smack him for being naughty and telling lies.  Jayden was about to skip away when mummy handed him a sponge and soapy water with instructions to clean up the mess he had made on the table.  Ah!
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It is just so much easier to tell a lie and be done with things.  At least for a little while anyway.  The thing about lies is they always catch up to you in the long run and then the consequences are a hundred times worse.  Yeah, you might get some flak when you tell the truth straight up, but whatever happens is way better than when you tell a lie.  The Bible calls Satan the Father of lies (John 8:44) and God; the God of truth (Isaiah 65:16).  Who would you rather hang out with?
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Think About This

Think twice before you tell a lie.  Is it worth it?
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Prayer

Dear Lord,

Please let my yes be yes and my no be no.  Help me to remember that the truth pleases you but lies glorify the devil.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen