Sincerely Wrong


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37 thoughts on “Sincerely Wrong

  1. Sincerity has never been a guaranty for truth. I learned this quite a few years back and use to remind myself of content that may be well-meaning and sincere, but not truth. This comes in quite handy when we are dealing with friends and family. They love us and sincerely desire what they think is best for us. We can be graceful delivering the truth when they are sincere.

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  2. I think with authenticity and transparency you are more sincere. In this life we try to be sincere and do what we believe is right. It’s only when we are plugged into the source and breath as Him can we be most sincere. If we continue to chase after want we want we may never really find what it is we actually need. I think I went off. your post is true

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  3. True!

    “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Proverbs 16:25

    So…

    “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?โ€”unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” 2 Corinthians 13:5

    On the flip side, doing the “right things” without sincerity is just as bad (or probably worse, actually)…

    “If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:3

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      • The “flip side” is probably true regarding one’s eternal soul, but I it is important to do “right things” as far as this earthly life is concerned. For instance, obeying traffic laws helps keep the system running whether the driver likes it our not. Another step in the thinking process. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. I am reminded of a story about doing the wrong thing for the right reason.

    There is an old story about St. Patrick baptizing a druid priest. Both men were standing in the water and St. Patrick had inadvertently placed his staff on the priestโ€™s foot. When the baptism was complete, Patrick said, โ€œYou can go now.โ€
    The priest answered, โ€œI canโ€™t.โ€
    โ€œWhy not?โ€ a puzzled Patrick responded.
    โ€œYour staff is on my foot.โ€
    An embarrassed Patrick said, โ€œOh, I โ€˜m so sorry, why didnโ€™t you tell me?โ€
    The priest answered, โ€œI thought that was part of it.โ€
    St. Patrick had done the right thing, baptizing the priest, but in the wrong way, with his staff on the priestโ€™s foot.
    Much of the Christian world is doing the right thing in the wrong way. Like the druid priest, we have learned to endure these unpleasant experiences. We think that is just the way it is: leaders who donโ€™t care that much about God or us; churches that bore and drain the joy out of the soul; silly power struggles that sicken the spirit. Yes, being a Christian and living with other Christians will always be difficult. There is sin in us and therefore in the church, but in the midst of the battle, we must know that we are doing things that bring transformation.
    We live in a world where two ways or philosophies are at war. The first philosophy is the Jesus way. It is a world of sacrifice, submission, humility, and patience. It is the worldview of Jesus where God is at the center and his disciples live for others because Jesus was a man for others. In the Jesus world, it is not about us, it is about God. The Jesus way shows us that the means is just as important as the ends.
    The other philosophy, and it dominates, is the consumer culture. It is a world of consumption, assertiveness, speed, and fame. In the consumer world it is all about me. In the words of Mohammad Ali, โ€œWhee! Me!โ€ In the Jesus way Jesus becomes moreโ€”in the consumer way, man becomes more. Both may well be sincere !

    Thank you, Laura. May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you and yours.

    Michael

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    • What a great example. I’ve not heard of this story before. Thanks for sharing it. It reminds me of another story as well: The Pot Roast Story

      One day after school a young girl noticed that her mom was cutting off the ends of a pot roast before putting it in the oven to cook for dinner. She had seen her mom do this many times before but had never asked her why. So this time she asked and her mom replied, I don’t know why I cut the ends off, but itโ€™s what my mom always did. Why don’t you ask your Grandma?
      So the young girl called her grandmother on the phone and said, Grandma why do you cut the ends off the pot roast before cooking it? Her grandmother replied, I don’t know. That’s just the way my mom always cooked it. Why don’t you ask her?.
      So, undeterred, the girl called her great grandmother, who was living in a nursing home and asked her the same question – why did you cut the ends off the pot roast before cooking it? And her great grand mother did not reply โ€œI cut off the ends of the pot roast because that’s what my mother did.โ€
      And she did not say because it makes the meat juicier.
      She said, when I was first married we had a very small oven, and the pot roast didn’t fit in the oven unless I cut the ends off.

      May be just a story and may make us smile, but still could be true…all the same.
      Thanks so much for your story. I really enjoyed hearing it for the first time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Yes. Me, included. We all can get stuck in our own way of thinking and be very sincere about it but yet, be so wrong! Merely believing in something doesn’t make it true.
      Thanks for your comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • What a great view point. I’ve never committed a crime but while growing up, I did deceive my parents…seeming sincere and thinking the entire time, they would never find out the truth…but sure enough; they always did. Yep! I was BUSTED! and served me right. I’ve learned much over the years. Thanks so much for your insight! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I do believe sincerity has much to do with how a person acts and lives according to what he thinks is true and right. I ran across a quote not to long ago that stated…Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue. I totally agree! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. This quote is soooo true! A number of people in denominational churches are warm, loving, and God-fearing people who do many good works. But they don’t belong to the one true church which Christ and the apostles started that is outlined in Acts chapter two.

    The denominations were all started by man, many of them during the 1500-1600’s in what was called the Protestant Reformation movement. While their intentions may be good, the Lord’s church is the only correct one to belong to. This is hard for many to hear, but it is not my will or word, it is God’s word from the Holy Bible.

    May the Lord help such people in these church groups to see the need for change in their lives…they are chasing after the wrong things! No man-made gospel can be better or take the place of the church which God through Christ began…

    Steve

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    • I totally understand where you’re coming from. Even with that said, those that are non-denominational (Christ’s Church), may think they are completely right in their ways when in actuality, they may be just as wrong as the denominations, because of their so-called traditions being taught as gospel. That’s why I let God be the one and only judge. I pray, we all see the need for change in our lives, including me. None of us are perfect, but only through God’s grace are we made perfect.
      I really appreciate your comments and willing to share with me and others. I look forward to your future comments. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Thank you for your kind reply, Laura. You are right in that we are not perfect. You are right in allowing God to guide your life…He is the only Judge. You are further right that even some of the “non-denoms” have been guilty of distorting God’s simple truths. That’s why it’s crucial to discern the facts from His word and learn in context God’s will for us. It can be done!! Have a great day, and so sorry for the late reply…

        Steve

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