Hey everyone, :)
First off, I apologize for not posting as frequently as I want to. I have exams coming up on Friday, and so I’ve been SUPER busy lately.
Now, to the actual post.
As many of you know, I’m pretty addicted to my iPod I got for Christmas. Last night I got an app which has 55 000 quotes.
So this morning I was scrolling through the people categories, and I found Abraham Lincoln. So I started reading all of the famous lines he said. My favourite one was this:
“If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a horse have? Four, calling a tail a leg does not make it a leg.”
Often in our Christian walks we can call a sin that we struggle with by another name. Lying we can call exaggerating. Gossip we can call concern for others. Hatred towards fellow Christians we can call discernment. Manipulation we can call reason.
If you gossip, but say that you’re just making sure someone keeps an eye on Sarah, it’s still gossip.
If you lie, but say that you just didn’t realize what happened at the time, it’s still a lie.
If you can’t stand the sight of one of the kids in your youth group, and call it discernment, it’s still hatred.
Do you see what I mean? Exaggerating isn’t always bad–saying that your dad jumped 9 feet in the air when he saw your sister’s new haircut isn’t a sin. Being genuinely concerned for another’s well-being, and so asking how you can help them isn’t a sin, but spreading around rumours is. Discernment is a spiritual gift, and definitely not a sin, but using it to cover up your hatred is.
What tails do you call legs?
What sins are you covering up? It’s time to get rid of them–even though you might be fooling your friends, I can guarantee you that you aren’t fooling God.