Guarantee: A Purer Heart
The word "guarantee" is a very powerful word in our daily lives, and we understand exactly what this word means and what it implies. For example, before we make a purchase, we do research.
We like to see the word "guarantee" on the label of what we buy. There's nothing wrong with that, it’s just part of human nature. The guarantee I want to talk about is our Lord Jesus Christ.
The guarantee in Acts 2: 38-39, that's what I look forward to. The best guarantee in life is that all things are possible through God (Luke 18: 25-27). But seemingly harmless actions can jeopardize your soul, and that guarantee is lost.
When texting is a Sin
Just last year, Texas passed a law banning the act of texting while driving, except for emergency situations. Even at my work on the Ft. Hood base, you will receive a $75 fine for your first offense and $150 fine for the second.
Personally, I think this is an excellent way to reduce the amount of people swerving like drunkards on the road as they text and drive.
God commands us to obey the law of the land (Romans 13:1), so it’s perfectly clear that for Christians, texting while driving is a sin. But this is not the only way texting is a sin.
There are many who get themselves in trouble with these electronic messages by what and who they text, even when they're not driving.
Some use texting to flirt with people they have no business being romantically involved with. God tells us to avoid all types of sexual perversion by controlling our desires. No one should take advantage of or defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such (1 Thes. 4: 3-7).
Gossip records of Texting
Text messages remain long after they are sent; they do not disappear just because you delete them from your phone. And with that being said, would others be offended to learn what you are saying about them in your texts? Would they feel betrayed?
God says the "hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor" (Pro. 11:9). While the words may not be coming out of your mouth, the remarks you make within your texts can still slander your brethren.
Cursing or Taking the Lord's name in vain
There are phrases that can be texted that abbreviate curse words to one letter and/or take the Lord's name in vain. For example, "OMG", which most know means "Oh my God". These abbreviated phrases have been around since the mid-90's, when online chat became available to many households.
Christians are supposed to express language that is clean and wholesome. "Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but that what is good for necessary edification may impart grace to the hearers" (Eph. 4:29).
Sadly, there will be some who will not give up their sinful language despite the efforts made by their brethren. But the Lord himself will correct them on Judgment Day for such irreverence (Matt. 12:36).
Everything we text is seen by someone other than the person it’s addressed to, not only by those who access those phones, but our Father in Heaven. So choose your words wisely, for "in the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise" (Pro. 10:8).