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MERGING RIVERS

   Posted by: pastordiehl   in The Heart of Holiness

For the next couple of days I want us to talk about Holiness. I observed a great object lesson on holiness a couple of years ago. I traveled to Manaus, Brazil, to participate in a dedication service for a new church building we had helped to finance. Manaus is a rapidly growing city in the heart of the Amazon rain forest. In Manaus two major river systems converge: the Negro River and the Amazon River.

The Negro River is named such because of its color. The Negro’s pure waters are tinted black from decaying leaves at the bottom. However, the Amazon’s churning waters are murky with light brown mud eroded from the Andes Mountains. When these two rivers converge, for miles one side of the river is black, while the other side is brown. But after a few miles, the waters merge. And guess which side wins. You’re right, the pure waters do not purify the muddy waters, but the muddy waters contaminate the pure waters and the entire Amazon River continues on its muddy brown path.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 6:14-15: “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what does righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

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Rene' Bute
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I like that example. It is so true – – when we associate with ‘muddy’ people, we can’t help but get mud on us in turn. Unfortunately, when another party is looking at us, their eyes are going to go directly to that one muddy spot, disregarding the otherwise cleanliness of our lives. Think about it…when you are talking about someone, are you talking about the 55 great things they did this week, or about the one stumble they made? Human nature will lead us to find faults in others….just like they are doing to us. The trick is to keep the mud off in the first place. We use the saying ‘garbage in, garbage out’ around our house, and use that to censor a lot of things we see/watch/do.

January 27th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

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