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August 13, 2017, 6:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - August 13, 2017

Good Morning Family,


Ephesians 4:29-32           

29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

            This week I read something that reminded me how easy it is to be negative.  This is true of me at times.  My negativity comes in the form of feeling defeated.  Yet, at other times I can let feelings of defeat lead me to be rather harsh and negative.  I can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory sometimes.  I have to really work hard at not seeing the downside.  I’ll be very transparent with you this morning.  I try to hide that behind a veneer of humor.  For those who are not woodworkers, “veneer” is a thin piece or sheet of wood that is utilized to make the outside of a wooden project look way better than it would look without it.  Most doors are a wooden frame that would not be much of a door except for the nice veneer finish on each side.

            For others of you that may struggle with seeing “the glass half empty” along with myself; I need to understand that constantly speaking out on behalf of the half empty glass neither builds up others nor does it impart grace.  I also fully understand that neither does simply “being positive” alter realities that may not be all that positive.  But, neither does being negative nor “brutally honest” about them make a situation better either.  I cannot fall into the trap of “Well, I’m just being honest...” and couching my negativity or desire to downgrade in the cloak of “honesty”.  There are times for honest assessment, but I know the difference in my heart between that and when I am overly focusing on half empty.

            The passage above gives us the example of Jesus’ honesty in dealing with us.  He corrects and reproves, yet He offers us His grace and is kind and tenderhearted.  If I am anything but firmly that, in any situation, I am simply wrong and I grieve His Holy Spirit by which I am “sealed for the day of redemption”.

            As always, my prayer is that we would all Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”   II Timothy 2:15.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Humbly Yours,

Bro. Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd



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