Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Was I fickle when I intended to do this?

Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath

I say both "Yes, yes" and "No, no"?  2 Corinthians 1:7



Paul writes to the church in Corinth that "worldly" ways are fickle. Corinth was a fickle society and this "bled" into church life. Fickle means likely to change, especially due to caprice, irresolution, or instability; not constant or loyal in affections.


If "worldly" is fickle, then one would assume, followers of Christ would be "other worldly:" constant, unwavering, and dependable. Imagine a God who did only what was convenient, novel or urgent.


Christian community is impossible without steadfastness (that's a God/Bible word.) Community thrives on dependability. It is not that Christians do not change their minds. Some times we need to. It is that Christians keep their word, often a great cost. And they are choosey (discerning) before giving it. Christian community should be an "excuse free zone."


Trust is the fruit of dependable people. This works anywhere, not just with other Christians. Life blooms where trust abounds and it is snuffed out when planted in fickleness.


Are you dependable? If so, you are an agent of God's love. If not, what changes are needed in you (God will help) that will bring steadfastness?

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