I am just reflecting this morning on the fact that the Truth is so hard to believe sometimes. Not so much that it is an impossibility, but moreso because we become so comfortable and tied to its opposite, a lie.
I have always heard and been told actions speak louder than words. Often times we hear the words, but there is no supporting action to substantiate those words. When people say they are your friend, they love you, they are this or that but their actions always say something a little different... the actions really reveal what exists within our hearts/minds. I remember saying to someone - you're not my friend, I'm a secondary thought, a back up... something along those lines. This person said "I talk to you more than I do other friends"... I have to laugh now thinking back on that. As if talking to someone more confirms a friendship. If thats the case I have alot of friendships with practical strangers.
When the Truth lives in us, we are compelled to act upon it, or in many cases our lack of action reveals the real truth that exists within us.
The Truth always separates us from the lie, always. When we speak the truth about a situation or circumstance, no matter the consequences, we immediately reveal its opposite. The Truth begets Truth. Lies beget lies.
Lies seek to hide, to manipulate and deceive others, and in most cases, ourselves. Lies keep us from the knowledge of who we are, who God intended for us to be, and when we face the truth, and it is written upon our hearts - it liberates us from the bondage of sin, the imprisonment of lies.
When we step out into the light, and allow it to reveal what exists within us, we are set apart from others. Others, who choose to remain in darkness, being deceived and deceiving themselves and others. The light and dark cannot be mixed, cannot be joined together under any circumstance, it simply can't be. Just as it is pointed out in this passage of scripture a little leaven leavens the whole lump. We can't say we are of this world, and also think we are also children of The Most High God. We cannot serve two masters. I choose to be in this world, but know that I am not of it and with that I am ready, willing and able to leave all those behind who reject Christ. They are not part of the Body, and the Truth is not in them. They, like their father, the father of lies, seek to kill, steal and destroy through deception, manipulation and cunning craftiness. Just like the story of the scorpion and the frog. A free ride.... but in so doing, they destroy themselves. Because if you know the story, the scorpion hitches a ride on the back of a frog, only to sting him halfway across the water - its his nature, but it is his nature that causes him to drown halfway across.
1 Corinthians 5
1 It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father’s wife. 2 You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst.
3 For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? 7 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; 10 I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. 11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.
Remove the wicked man (or woman) from among yourselves. This would apply to actual people and to our inner wicked man or woman. The only way to do this is to be set apart and only God can do that. We just have to be willing to be refined by fire, consumed, and literally crucified by the yielding of our hearts, minds and bodies to Christ, to His Word, and by His Spirit we are sanctified, the old passes away and all things are made new, we are indeed a new creature IN Christ!