Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sweet and Sour

Some people like sweet and sour sauce,  I kind of like it myself.  I am not sure that I would like a sweet and sour disposition, would you?  Do you fit that description?  Do I?  At times I am sure that I do, not because I want to but because I forget Who I am representing in this world.  I know someone who describes anyone with a sour face, 'that they look like they have been sucking lemons'.  I see people in town shopping that look so sad, I just want to say something to them to cheer them up.  And I have seen people on the street that look like they have been chewing on nails, they look so mean.  And then there is the person that when you smile at them, they return your smile and it feels so good.

When we were living in Oregon, we use to go to Portland once a month to do street work and it was so much fun.  One time my older daughter bought a sack full of stocking caps to give out on the street, it was cold and they were all accepted with smiles.  I had her little girl with me and she handed them out and they appreciated her little gift so much.  We also gave them clothes and food as we were able.  That was a very sweet experience.

There are lots of sweet things, honey, sugar, maple syrup, even stevia if you like it.  Some people don't, but I do and use it every morning in my lemon water.  No calories.

Then there are sour things like, lemons, sour grapes, vinegar, and food that has gone bad.  I don't think we need to talk about the sour stuff too much.  There are relationships that go sour, there are business dealings that go sour, there are just too many sour things in this life, so let's discuss the sweet things and it will cheer us up a great deal.

Psalms 119:103  "How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth."  God's words are to be sweeter than honey to us, are they to you and me.  I surely hope so.

Psalms 55:14  "We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in the throng."  Christian fellowship is sweet, I have had sweet fellowship and I have attended churches where there is no sweet fellowship.  The latter being a very sad situation.

Proverbs 16:24  Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones."  How true that is.  Oh, how much we need to speak pleasant words to each other.  How much it would even lift our spirits to hear pleasant words spoken to us.

Ephesians 5:2  "And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma."  A real Christian has a sweet aroma about him, have you ever noticed that?  They just ooze with the love of God.  How much we need to be like them.

So now, we may like sweet and sour sauce very much, but a sweet and sour Christian would be something
that you would fear, I think.  You would never know which disposition you would be confronted with.  And really if they are dual in their disposition, do you think they are really Christians?  The Bible tells us that a real Christian is a sweet Christian and speaks pleasant words, and has a sweet aroma about them.  I like to be around Christians like that, don't you?

Let's examine ourselves to see which we are, sweet or sour or both.  I hope that everyone reading this today is the sweet Christian with pleasant words and a sweet aroma about them.  I want to be like that, don't you?
I pray that we will be like that altogether.  Grandma Joan

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