No man is an island

Good morning and welcome to Monday – the first day after the “Wimbledon win” and a new week in the ebb and flow of our political landscape!!

A busy week ahead for me too and one also full of decisions.

As I watched Andy Murray and as I have been watching the Conservative leadership challenge it struck me that the things we do and say can have far more effect than we realise.

With a busy week at work I have reminded myself that I do need to “walk circumspectly” being wise and not foolish ( Ephesians 5 v 15). When the heat is on this is something I all too easily forget. But why is this so important?

Well Luke 12 v 2,3 says:

“For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.”

Those things we say, or do that we would rather keep secret and would certainly not repeat on “a Sunday” do not pass with no effect. In fact we were reminded on Sunday by our Pastor that Jesus taught that our thoughts are as important as our actions and words – the bar is high indeed.

What Jesus said in this little section of Luke’s Gospel is that the effects of our sins will eventually show. This process contains the power to reach out and multiply its potential for damage by involving others who may be innocent of the sin that began it.

We do not sin in a vacuum; no man is an island for good or bad. God wants to cover sin, but if no other way will produce repentance, He will bring it out into the full light for all to see. We are living organisms, interacting with and having an impact upon other living organisms. Why are we so indifferent to the effects of our behaviour? Should not God’s Spirit lead us to strive to produce positive fruits? Could we be grieving His Spirit by resisting its prodding?

A young lady in our Church on Sunday morning clearly understood and heard the prompting of God’s Spirit and with tears spoke out – instantly experiencing that there is therefore now on condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.

With Jesus in a persons life then we can indeed become more like Him and people will see and enjoy the positive fruits this brings.

Have a good week

Mark

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