You know, I like some of these new fangled inventions. The puncture-proof tire is one I like especially well. If you're driving a car with an ordinary tire, and a nail goes through it...whiss...you lose all the air. But a puncture-proof tire is different. If a nail goes through it, some stuff inside runs around and stops up the hole and the air stays in the tires.
You know, the heart of a Christian should be like this tire. An ordinary heart may be filled with love, but when someone does something to puncture that heart, all the love runs out and hatred and hard feelings take its place. But a puncture proof heart is different. It is filled with the Spirit of Christ, and when someone, through word or deed, punctures that heart, immediately the hole is stopped up tight and the love stays in.
--Marshall Keeble (Via Exhortation & Stuff)--
THRE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS
The three most important words in real estate are “location, location, location.” Where the property is located is critical. A beautiful dwelling in a crime-infested area has little appeal or value, while a modest house in a quiet and secure neighborhood is very appealing and has great value.
Likewise, the three most important words in Christianity are “application, application, application.” Knowledge of God’s Word is imperative, but without application it is of little value. Unless one applies the morals and principles taught in the Scriptures, one is a Christian in name only. Knowledge is not an end in itself, but a means to an end.
In Luke 19:30-37, the account of the “Good Samaritan” illustrates this very principle. Jesus’ parting words to the listeners who understood His message were “… go and do …”
“The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you.” –Philippians 4:9
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock.” –Matthew 7:24-25