Luke 24:32And they said to one another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures (KJV). 

There is nothing like a dose of heartburn to make us realize our age! It makes us choose between short-lived pleasure and long-suffering pain. In self-defense, I’ve given up coffee, chocolate, fried and fatty foods, carbonated beverages, garlic, peppermint and onions.

Biblical heartburn isn’t much different. The scriptures speak of a way of life that brings peace. When we ignore the wisdom they offer, the result is pain and suffering. We marry unbelievers; fudge the books, worship sports, television and each other. We use God’s name in vain, mistreat our parents, and slip items out of our work-places.  

When I commented on a friend’s misuse of office supplies, he said “Everybody does it. It’s no big deal.”It’s a big deal to God. He sees our behavior. He will hold us accountable for our actions. In the meantime, we will have lost His peace.

Prayer: Lord, speak to us through Your Word. Create in us a tender heart that burns with its truth. Give us the courage to make right choices in our everyday world; for when we do, others will recognize Your Son, Jesus. Amen.

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