SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- The opening three verses tell us three virtues that God values: truthfulness, humility and integrity.
- Verse 13 encourages us not to gossip.
- We also read further down that God delights in people with a pure heart.
- At the end of this chapter, we learn that trusting in money is worthless; instead we should live pure lives to thrive in this world.
- If we find an area of our lives in which there is a lack of truthfulness, humility, or integrity, we should address it immediately. This might mean confessing a sin to a trusted friend, or apologizing, or reaching out for help to a circle of people who care about you.
- Money is a poor thing to trust because it is temporary; it is tied to this world. On the other hand, a pure heart that seeks God above everything else makes an eternal difference.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Does part of your life lack truthfulness, humility, or integrity? If so, now is the time to fix it. Ask God to show you what steps you need to take to right those wrongs. Or, if your next step is obvious (such as coming clean with a friend to whom you've been lying), take that step today.
- Take time to reflect on what your heart values. Do you really love worldly things more than the things of God? Ask God to show you any obstacles that prevent your heart from being pure and passionate about Him and His will.