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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The True Witness

I like daily devotionals if they aren't too sappy. I like to be made to think and consider. I read "Around the Year with Emmet Fox" - it's very good. Here is the August 9 reading. It's called "The True Witness".

The Ninth Commandment

Thou shalt not bear false witness against they neighbor (Exodus 20:16).

First, the obvious meaning is very important although it is only the beginning--do not tell lies about people.

We have to apply this principle of not bearing false witness right throughout our lives. It is very important to practice because whatever you say about another person will happen to you, yourself. If you lie about another person--that is an unpleasant word but I am using it because it is the right word--someone will lie about you. Jesus says so in the seventh chapter of Matthew, verses one and two:  Judge not that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged:  and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

However, the fundamental meaning of this commandment, "Thou shalt not bear false witness," is that you always express what you are. You cannot be one thing and express another. Emerson says, "What you are shouts so loudly that I cannot hear what you say." We are always witnessing to what we are. So again, "Thou shalt not" really means "You cannot"--you cannot permanently bear false witness.

The true witness is the full expression of God's man. You will be bearing true witness to your neighbor when you are regenerated in soul. What does regeneration mean? It means the building of a new soul, not correcting the old one. When you change the soul, automatically the flesh changes, the skin changes, the blood vessels and the nerves and the bones change. But regeneration must begin with a change in the soul, not with anything in the outer world. 

When we really know these things, we shall be bearing true witness.

We all need to be aware of our witness of ourselves to the world. We always express what we are - that is very convicting to me. Let's be more aware of this. Today's world has an "in your face" attitude. "If you don't like it, tough". This is how I am; it's my nature - so we pet the nature. For some reason we feel all righteous about standing up for our shortcomings.  Let's think of someone we know whom we would call good, sweet, and kind. Let's try to make that person us.

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