1 Timothy 5:11-14 11. But refuse to put younger widows on the list, for when they feel sensual desires in disregard of Christ, they want to get married, 12. thus incurring condemnation, because they have set aside their previous pledge. 13. At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention. 14. Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach;
Our Actions Open Us Up to Criticism They can bring reproach on the Lord’s body
Romans 2:17-24 But if you bear the name "Jew" and rely upon the Law and boast in God, 18. and know His will and approve the things that are essential, being instructed out of the Law, 19. and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20. a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth, 21. you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal? 22. You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23. You who boast in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God? 24. For "THE NAME OF GOD IS BLASPHEMED AMONG THE GENTILES BECAUSE OF YOU," just as it is written.
Our Actions Open Us Up to Criticism The can bring reproach on the Lord’s body Shall we learn from the Jews or imitate them?
Matthew 12:5-7 Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent? 6. "But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here. 7. "But if you had known what this means, `I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE,' you would not have condemned the innocent.
Our Actions Reveal Our Heart The disciples were innocent. The Pharisees lacked compassion. Ecclesiastes 1:9 - nothing new under the sun (not even with human nature)
Matthew 7:17-20 "So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18. "A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19. "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20. "So then, you will know them by their fruits. We are called to be fruit inspectors
Matthew 12:34-37 For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. 35. "The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. 36. "But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. 37. "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." Our heart is revealed to men Speech will reveal our heart
Matthew 15:18-20 But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. 19. "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. 20. "These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man." Our heart is revealed to men Actions proceed from the heart
Romans 2:16 16. on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus. Our heart will be revealed in eternity
1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts; and then each man's praise will come to him from God. Our heart will be revealed in eternity secrets, motives, thoughts, intentions, grudges, hurtful slander, at home behavior, hypocritical worship, etc., etc.
Our Actions are Remembered David didn’t plan for his lie to be remembered
Titus 2:7-8 in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, 8. sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.
Our Actions are Remembered David didn’t plan for his lie to be remembered Our actions WILL be remembered… By good men or evil
Some Facts about our Deeds 1. Our deeds CAN be remembered for good.
2 Corinthians 7:15 I was not put to shame; but as we spoke all things to you in truth, so also our boasting before Titus proved to be the truth. 15. His affection abounds all the more toward you, as he remembers the obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling. Philippians 1:3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
1 Timothy 4:12, 16 Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.
Some Facts about our Deeds 2. God most certainly remembers our deeds. 1. Our deeds CAN be remembered for good.
Jeremiah 14:10 Thus says the LORD to this people, "Even so they have loved to wander; they have not kept their feet in check. Therefore the LORD does not accept them; now He will remember their iniquity and call their sins to account." Hosea 7:2 And they do not consider in their hearts That I remember all their wickedness.
Some Facts about our Deeds 2. God most certainly remembers our deeds. 1. Our deeds CAN be remembered for good. 3. Our own actions decide the outcome, good or bad.
Nehemiah 13:29-31 Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood and the covenant of the priesthood and the Levites. 30. Thus I purified them from everything foreign and appointed duties for the priests and the Levites, each in his task, 31. and I arranged for the supply of wood at appointed times and for the first fruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.
Obviously Our Deeds Are Important They reveal our hearts They bring us praise or criticism They are remembered by men and God