“They” Say

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Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

I couldn’t help but overhear the conversation in line. “You know what they say?”, the woman declared while trying to prove her point to a friend. “No what?”, her friend asked, as if she was waiting for the million dollar lottery number to be given to her. I couldn’t help but smile to myself. I desperately wanted to ask her . . . “Do you know who “they” are?”

“They” say a lot don’t they?! Who are “they” anyway? I always think about that when I hear or make a statement with that as the defense. It makes you realize how careful we need to be not to get caught up and worry about what “they” say more than what Jesus says. To often we resort to the news, friends, TV stars or other groups to help us shape our morals, values, decisions or actions. All the direction and guidance we need is in God’s written Word.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus points out several “they said” examples and corrects us on the truth. He clearly points out what “we have heard” and directs us back to His Word.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Matthew 5:38-39

You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:27-28

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:43-44

No matter how young, old, rich or poor we might be, we can never go wrong when we are setting an example of Christ to others around us. But, to do this you must study His word, know His ways, His truth and what “He” says.

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