|WHAT'S SAID CAN NEVER BE ERASED FROM MINDS
Music Download: Who Will I Run To
Gossip is one of the ugliest sins that can be uttered.
It can cause children to dread school, can break up marriages, and can cost a man his job and even put him in prison, all
with a lie that grows like a weed.
A female can ruin a man’s reputation just because he refuses
her advances, because people love to hear sordid stories. My Dad, who was a minister, wouldn’t allow a woman in
his car if he was alone, because tongues would be wagging before he could help her get home from an errand. And a young
man who has been in trouble during his youth, has two strikes against him even after he has left that behind him and is trying
to live a decent life. One of the untruths of our legal system is that “a man is innocent until proven guilty.”
The exact opposite is true.
The Apostle James had a lot to say about the tongue. “And
the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity, so is the tongue among our members that it defileth the whole body, and setteth
on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire of hell” (James 3:6). And he’s speaking of the one whose
tongue did the talking.
In younger lives, where ages can be deceiving, a girl can plant a rumor
that can put a young man in prison and ruin his life. But the greater sin is the lie that can put the liar in hell after
this life is over.
In the book, “Carrying the Fire,” by Michael Collins, one of
our astronauts, he notes that Apollo Eight had over five and a half million parts in it and was figured to be 99.9 percent
perfect. But as good as it was, that meant that it still had five thousand, six hundred defects, and any one of them
could spell disaster! And consider that God is just as precise, in that if we fail in one of His Commandments, we’ve
failed the entire bundle.
The Apostle James also said, “For whosoever shall keep the
whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2:10). Beware the lie!
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.