The truth about what you casually say

What do you believe? Really? Not what you SAY you believe, but what you ACTUALLY believe?

Sometimes you’ll hear it said that how you spend your time and energy is the true measure of your true beliefs. Why? Because it’s a practical demonstration of your actual priorities.

But today I’d like to suggest something else:

What you casually say is what you actually believe. 

Here’s an example. Let’s say someone tells you they believe that Paul’s words in Ephesians 4:29 aren’t just for the Ephesians long ago—but for us as well: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

But then what do they do? They malign others online. They guess their motives (often wrongly) and paint them as a villain.

Or maybe, in the intimacy of close friends, they trash talk someone in a way they would never do if they were physically standing in the presence of God.

What you say when your guard is down is often a clearer picture of your inner thoughts.

And guess what? Those are the moments people are watching. They’re watching and putting the puzzle pieces together to figure out what you actually believe, and whether or not what you believe is worth living for.

Is Jesus God’s Son? Did the resurrection happen? Is hope possible? I love a command? Is the church God-ordained? Are our words for building up?

Let’s examine our beliefs. Grow in godliness. And let our words reflect our hearts.

What you casually say is what you actually believe. 

By Matthew Ruttan


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