Non Toxic Jesus
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 …….. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
A phrase I have heard being used a lot recently is, ‘toxic relationships’. Apparently, these are relationships where one or both partners are poisoning the other with a negative, critical attitude.
It seems that we can all insidiously fall into the trap of being toxic or being poisoned without really knowing it. We can even have long-term friends who have been negatively influencing us but because we consider them to be our friends we have not noticed it.
What do we do abut it? Well, take an objective look at those around us and consider their influence upon us. We should also look at ourselves and listen to how we speak.
As Christians our standard is the life of Jesus and the word of God. Are we magnifying Him in all we think say and do? Are our words in line with biblical truth or have we unconsciously become subversive heretics?
Is Jesus at the centre of our lives or have we sidelined Him? Is He the fulcrum that keeps us balanced or have we gone off kilter?
From time-to-time we need to take a step back from ourselves and look objectively at who we are. If our lives have become poisoned by the world around us we need to take the antidote to stop that venom from killing us. We need to inject Jesus back into our sanctified souls so that He fills our hearts once again and what comes out of the overflow builds-up and encourages those around us.
Lord Jesus, please be my words and my actions today and always. Amen
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