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Sweet Like Coffee

When my daughter came home from school yesterday, she gave me this little comic drawing of a coffee cup. On the back she wrote that I was as sweet as coffee. My daughter never tasted coffee and she did not realize that coffee has a bitter taste unless sugar is added. She simply sees me drinking it and assumes it must taste good because I drink it often. Therefore she developed this false impression of the taste of coffee.

coffeecup

The same can be said of the Pharisees in the Bible. People observed them walking around holding people to the Law. People assumed that the Pharisees, being educated in the Scripture, were more knowledgeable and understanding of God and what He desired from us. It was quite a false impression, something that can be seen so easily when the Pharisees are called white-washed tombs (Matthew 23:27). They looked great on the outside but on the inside things were not so great. Just like the coffee looks nice and sweet because I’m drinking it each morning, but it is very bitter without some sugar.

God tells us that He desires our love, and Paul wrote that whatever we do, if it is done without love it means nothing (1 Corinthians 13:3). The Bible says that God can see our heart, our true heart (1 Samuel 16:7). He selected David because of what He saw in David’s heart. Our aim should be to have a pure heart, a heart that loves God first, and loves others. There should be no false impression, no confusion as to the appearance of our heart and our motives if we are living our lives with an outpouring of God’s love. The same love that God shows us, we can show others (1 John 4:7).

Today, look at your heart and see what is there.

• Do you love people like Jesus?
• Are you carrying around bitterness and unforgiveness?
• Where are areas for improvement in your life?

See You At the Pole

Today is See You At the Pole Day. This was a day that originally started as a small group gathering together to pray for their classmates and now students around the globe are gathering on this day as prayer warriors. The actions of a small group has grown into such a large movement over the years. This can and should be a great encouragement to us all to be bold in our faith.

In so many areas of life, prayer has been removed. It seems that the only time it is seen as being acceptable is when a person is in church or at a funeral, or when there is some tragedy in life. Prayer has been removed from schools, removed from the lives of so many. Society once taught children to pray– to communicate with our Father– and now there is a barrier put up, keeping people from knowing that God is here and listening.

Today is a day for the youth to pray for their classmates, but I encourage you all to be bold in your faith. If you are not quiet about your beliefs, if you show love with actions and with truth, people will take notice. Yes, it’s a big world out there– but you have a big God. One flicker of light may be the only light one person may see in the darkness that surrounds them. Be bold. Shine the Light!

“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

– 1 John 3:18 [NIV]

For more information on See You At the Pole Day, visit the See You At the Pole website, visit their Facebook page, and engage with them on Twitter at seeyouatthepole.