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A safe man is careful with: His life! (cont'd)
Once again, not careful with whether you will save your life or lose it, but how you live it. How am I living my life when I'm alone?
They say that the true measure of a man's character can be determined by what he does when he's alone. When I'm alone I realize that I have the potential to let down my defenses and fall to my flesh. To be a hypocrite. What does this say about me and my motivations? Does it mean that my words and actions are defined by those around me? Do I look at, listen to, read, touch, think, say or do things differently depending on who is or isn't there with me? Is there a "dark side" that emerges when I'm alone? Would I be embarrassed by or ashamed of what I am looking at, listening to, reading, touching, thinking, saying or doing if I was found out?
CAN I BE TRUSTED?
I recently heard a pastor say that one of the biggest problems in the Christian Church is....atheism! If I allow my "dark side" to emerge and I fall to my flesh when I'm alone, am I acting as though I believe there is no God?
These questions boil down to "Am I exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit called 'faithfulness' in Galatians 5:22?" Later, in Galatians 6:7 I get this warning: "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap."
So, to be considered 'safe' by those close to me I am striving to be careful with my life and to be faithful to them and Christ when I am alone.
"For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was." (James 1:23-24)
"Who are you? Who, who, who, who?" (The Who, 1978)