Answers to the Test
~ Peggy Berglund
How have you done on the “tests” on FaceBook? You know the ones I’m talking about; they claim – “You are a genius if you can find the letter Q in three seconds” or “Only 2% of the population can answer all fifteen of these questions correctly”, and the list goes on. Not to boast, but I seem to do quite well on those tests. Well, maybe boasting is not in order, as I’ve noted that most people doing the tests do equally as well. So either FaceBook’s tests are rigged or the questions were not that difficult to answer – either way there’s no reason to boast.
I took another test a few days ago, not on FaceBook – but one that’s in the “HeartBook”. I didn’t fare nearly as well on that test. It was in the Book that states in Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart.” FaceBook like other forms of social media, allows us to expose only what we want others to know and think about us – the Word of God exposes, to ourselves, the very depths of our thoughts and motives. The “test” I took from The Book that examines the heart; the Word of God – the Bible, can be found in I Corinthians 13. It’s a portion of scripture that is often thought of as sweet, poetic – great for wedding bulletin material. It goes deeper than that. Maybe you’d like to see how you do too. Starting at verse 4 – answering with True or False.
“Love is patient; love is kind. T F
Love does not envy; is not boastful; (there’s that word again!) T F
Is not conceited; does not act improperly; T F
Is not selfish; is not provoked; T F
Does not keep a record of wrongs; T F
finds no joy in unrighteousness, T F
but rejoices in the truth; T F
bears all things, T F
believes all things, T F
hopes all things, T F
endures all things. T F
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for languages, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. (Skipping to the end of the chapter) “Now these three remain; faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
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How did you do? Maybe like my results – nothing to boast about? The question that arises in my mind is, if Romans 5:5 has been my experience – (“...because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”) what is blocking that love from flowing out to others as it is designed to do? Perhaps if I let the “Word of God that is sharper than any two edged sword” examine my heart, I’ll get the answer.