It doesn’t always line up with how they want everyone to perceive them.
Reference: ““I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret.” John 18:20 NIV
Explore: I’ve recently been watching some reality TV. This is where people are filmed at all times of the day, no matter what is happening or what mood they may be in.
It’s always interesting to see people’s behaviour when they are around certain other people. If they are wanting to impress the person they are with, generally the person will be charming, agreeable and on their best behaviour.
But it’s always interesting to hear what the person really thinks when they are with someone they trust, or even if they are just addressing the camera directly. When their real feelings are revealed, it doesn’t always line up with how they want everyone to perceive them.
Application: When Jesus was taken under trial all his words and actions were judged. While Jesus may have come across as overly confident to the authorities, he was open and honest, just like He had been throughout His whole ministry.
He admitted that He spoke openly in public forums and did not shy away from telling the truth.
I wonder if we could say the same thing if our words were put under trial. I’m afraid I would fail very quickly.
But it’s a great challenge for me to make sure that my words line up, no matter who I am talking to and how I am feeling. That takes incredible integrity to have your words line up at all times of the day.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the perfect example You gave to us. May we watch what we say and strive to live with integrity in all we do. Amen.
How well do your words line up through every one of your conversations?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.