Intercession

Intercession--from Nehemiah

Praying for Boldness

Battle Belongs to the Lord

Believing the Promises of God

Communion Messages

Rainbows and Other Reminders

Taking the Cup of Salvation

The 2 John 3:16's

Sin & Related Topics

Why Can't I Get Away With Sin?

9 Principles Isaiah Teaches Us About Sin

How Our Sin Affects Others

For Such Were Some of You--The Christian Way to Treat Homosexuals

Hebrews 6:4-6--What Does it Really Say?

Backslider

The Accomplishments of Jesus on the Cross

The Truth About God's Forgiveness

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Living In The End Times

Revival On a Personal Level

Devotion to Him

Word of Faith/Prosperity

God's Love

1--Adopted by God

2--His Death

3--While We Were Yet Sinners

4--He Gave Us His Word

5--Is His Love Enough For You?

Like A Child

1--Introduction

2--Children Are Trusting

3--Children Know Where To Go When They're Hurt

4--Children Are Teachable

5--Children Submit to Authority

6--Children Desire to Grow

7--Children are (Brutally) Honest

8--Children Understand the Importance of Playing

9--Children Like to Rest on Their Father's Shoulder

The Christian Walk

Another Perspective on September 11th

What Can We Learn About the Storms of Life?

Responding to Hurts

Faithfulness

Commitment To Him

Accountability

In Hot Pursuit; Chasing After the Only One That Matters

Obedience to God

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Children Are Honest

--Part 7 of the "Like A Child" Series

The ability of children to tell it like it is has become the foundation for many a funny story. Kids simply say what they feel, tell it exactly as they see it. This can be embarrassing for the parents sometimes, but that kind of honestly is refreshing.

One of my favorite “I Love Lucy” episodes is about a bet that Lucy makes with Fred, Ethyl, and Ricky. She tells them that for 24 hours, she will go without telling a single lie. It proves to be a much more difficult task than she could have imagined. She had to fight against her every natural instinct. The most difficult lies to avoid were when she had to tell one friend she hated her furniture and another that she disliked her hat. You’d never hear a child put on such pomposity, but we adults do it on a regular basis, in the name of courtesy. While it probably isn’t a good idea to tell our friends that we don’t like their tastes, we can find ways to avoid hurting their feelings.

Where is the spiritual application?

As Christians, we are called to hold each other accountable, not for our taste in furniture, but for our faithfulness to His commands. Holding each other accountable can include telling each other what we don’t want to hear. Conversely, we need to be open to hearing what is said to us in the name of accountability.

Ephesians 4:25

“Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth, each one of you, with his neighbor, for we are members of one another”

Test

Try imagining these 3 scenarios: (1)Suppose you go into a grocery store and walk onto an aisle, and you run into a friend who is a Christian. You catch him telling someone else an off-color joke. (2)Suppose another Christian friend who owns his own plumbing business comes over to fix your sink, and then he asks you to pay him cash so he doesn’t have to report it on his taxes. (3)A Christian relative asks to borrow some software from you so that he will not have to buy it himself. He plans to install it on his computer, then return the disk to you.

In these scenarios, what do you do? What society tells us and what God’s Word tells us are diametrically opposed to one another. Society tells us that we should leave these friends up to their own convictions, that’s it’s none of our business, that we should not judge them. “Live and let live.”

But here’s what the bible says:

Proverbs 24:24-25

“Whoever says to the guilty, “you are innocent”—peoples will curse him and nations denounce him. But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come upon them.”

Pride Check

Accountability works 2 ways. Are you willing to identify a Christian friend who will hold you accountable? You should give him permission up front to ask tough questions, and along with that permission should come a promise that you will not refuse to answer the questions, and that you will always give honest answers.

NEXT: Part 8 -- Children Like To Play

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