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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Don't Pretend

You see and recognize what is right but refuse to act on it.  You hear with your ears, but you do not really listen. (Isaiah 42:20)
I was reading from Isaiah this morning, and the truth of this verse really hit me.  Immediately, another verse jumped out of the recesses of my mind and grabbed the hand of the first verse and added even more conviction:
Don't just pretend to love others.  Really love them.  Hate what is wrong.  Hold tightly to what is good. (Romans 12:9)

I have this verse written on multiple index cards (if you don't use them to write verses on, you should!) and I certainly love the way it says exactly what it means.  But what we all really took this to heart?  What if I let the first verse plant itself in my motives so that I begin to act on the truth that I read in the second verse?
Loving others.  Really loving others.  Not discriminating.  And loving to the fullest.  Loving those I like, those I don't like (you have them too) and those in need, everywhere.  If I truly love others, sacrificing is nothing.  Sacrificing my money for the poor, my time for the lost and confused, and my emotions for the needy is worth all of the pain or frustration because I know the truth and it says to really love and I refuse to listen but not hear, see and not act.

21 comments:

  1. Wow, the second verse screamed at me! How perfectly put. I'll be writing that for my bathroom mirror!

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  2. I have verses scribbled everywhere, mirrors, index cards, sticky notes, etc. and this one included. thanks for reminding us.

    check me out and follow at:
    sofarsogreat1.blogspot.com

    -makay

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  3. Hi Sarah. Thank you so much for the nice comment. Everything that you just posted has been so heavy on my heart lately. It's nice to meet someone who is in the same place. Love your blog. It is so encouraging. Nice "meeting" you. :)

    Nicole

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  4. Beautiful post! Romans is one of my favorite books... that verse especially. I think I'll write it on the wall in my living room.

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  5. I love that Romans verse. I always try and remind myself to not hate what I dislike, but rather to hate ONLY what is wrong. So hard sometimes!

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  6. Can I just say that it is really refreshing and great to see another Christian in the fashion blogging world! Thanks for encouraging me today :)

    xoxo Maria

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  7. Thank you for your comment on my blog! I love the second verse you posted. Good idea to write verses on index cards. I may have to try that! Have a great Saturday!

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  8. Thanks so much. I love that verse. I needed that.

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  9. Hey Sarah! Thank you so much for this post. It really spoke to my heart as I have often thought about the same thing lately. Even more so on the lines of while I'm 'thinking' about it so much...I need to stop thinking and start 'doing.' God works in mysterious ways to get me to be aware of things like that. Thanks for being the reminder ;^)

    Also, thanks for your sweet note on my blog! I'm your newest follower as well. It will be fun to get to know you through your posts!

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  10. You have a lovely blog. Thanks for following mine. I'm following you too. :)

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  11. i love those verses! especially the second one. Integrity and sincerity are so important...in ourselves, our relationship with God, and our relationships with people!

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  12. I needed this...thank you for sharing! xo ~ Michelle

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  13. Thank you for leaving me such a lovely comment.

    You posted some great quotes to reflect upon. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Thanks for the comment!
    And I have Bible verses everywhere as well! My walls, random sheets of paper, on the refrigerator! Thanks for this post. I think sometimes we all need to be reminded that the greatest thing is love. Love God, love others.

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  15. Aw your blog is such a lovely find! I sometimes scan through posts but I really found myself reading and relating to this...so true and I couldn't agree more! Your lovely :)


    Following you, hope you'll follow back :)

    Cheers, Jesa

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  16. thank you for this! i definitely needed to read it.

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  17. What a lovely entry lady! Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday.

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  18. I love Romans!!!! :-) Loved reading this today...needed it! :-) Now going to highlight these verses in my bible!! Hope you have a nice weekend!!! :-)

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  19. love that image! also, the Romans verse is great :)

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