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Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Real Deal

"Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present"
(2 Corinthians 10:11).

Why do people seem to dislike politicians so much? OK...maybe that question is too open ended, and perhaps there's not enough time in a day to give all of those answers! But, one feeling is fairly predominate among many. Politicians are voted in on the platform of what is said, but then live-out on a platform doesn't match what is said. They say what needs to be said, and sometimes even believing it themselves, to be elected. After election, they are viewed as men and women who are saying what needs to be said to stay elected. Politicians today are seen as deceitful, hypocritical, do-anything-say-anything-be-everything-to-everyone type people that have traded principle for popularity.

Paul was accused of being a heavy-weight in his letter and a light-weight in his life. His letters were filled with a power-packed punch that emphasized and encouraged others how to live a life that honored Jesus. However, there were those who tried to bring accusations against him and attacking his commitment, his consistency, and his character. Paul was very much consistent. What he said matched what he did and how he lived. The articles of his life served as the greatest defense to the headlines that were being featured. Paul was living life as the real deal.

There will always be people in your life that will attack you. At times, those attacks will be baseless, out of insecurity, or out of personal pride. The take-a-way from all of this is simple, yet so easy to miss. Be aware of what you say and how you live. What do you believe? Live it out. Let what you believe and what you say you believe match what you live. The fruit will always reflect back on the focus. Yes, you will make mistakes. Learn from them. There will be moments where you might find that you've veered off course. Take notice, check your heart, reach out to Jesus, and return to the path that has been marked for you. How you live is the greatest indicator of why you live. Jesus has given you a reason to live. He was, is, and will always be the real deal. Allow His love for you to change your life for Him. Purpose today, in how you speak, in what you think, in how you spend the moments of your day, to be the real deal.

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