Lips & Life

Nobody likes a funeral.

In my life, I’ve been to more than I’d care to remember; and done many of them too – my first was my grandfathers! One of the toughest things I’ve had to do as a pastor is to do a funeral for someone I had not known or even met. Especially (tragically) when it feels like those left behind appear to be battling to find nice anecdotes about the one who has passed on – you’ve probably been to a funeral like that, where the “lips don’t match the life”!

There is a verse that captured my attention in Proverbs 11, v7. It reads “When an evil man dies, all hope is lost, for his misplaced confidence goes in the coffin and gets buried along with him.”

I don’t want that to be my story, and I guess you would say the same. I want my story to be one where my lips match my life, full of righteousness, humility and integrity. As someone once said “With integrity, nothing else matters. Without integrity, nothing else matters”!

Thank you Jesus that my starting point is that I AM a son of righteousness!

Gareth Nicholson

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  • Palesa Thoo-Pongwana says:

    Amen😇🙏🙌. Lord help us as we continue to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling 🙌🙌🙌

  • Justin says:

    The message version gives the heading for this proverb as “Without good direction people lose their way”.

    I am google map / Waze user as it just makes a trip to a new destination that much easier , and warns you before hand of any upcoming traffic etc.

    As we journey through life, proverbs is a reminder of how God ,through His word and conversation with Him, provides a road map and even warning signs for our lives. Amazing grace (love) how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!!

    • Makopano Mutloatse says:

      The Google maps type illustration is so good. Looking through Proverbs seems like that…like direction when life is so easily distracting and confusing…like a compass on a long journey.

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