I was driving my wife, April around downtown Tulsa the other day. It was her first tour of the big city. We went under a bridge and as in most urban areas, there was graffiti painted on the sides. There was also a couple of buildings with it as well. One building’s graffiti has become a little famous, but it’s nothing compared to the “Gum Wall” in Seattle, Washington.
A couple of days later, while I was having a moment with God, I heard the Holy Spirit whisper, “What kind of graffiti have you allowed to be written on the walls of your heart?” Ouch!
I began to think about the messages I see, hear, and the stuff that shows up on TV. Those messages affect us more than we realize they do. For example, we may start accepting the lifestyle as okay, or normal that some choose to live that God calls sin. We will always love the individual, but never the sin in their life. That’s God’s approach. We might chose to stay quiet instead of calling it out for what it is, “destructive lifestyles”, or accepting Satan’s substitute for what God has for us.
I realize now, I need to wash the walls of my heart from time to time. To get the, what some may call, “expressive freedom” removed and put things back to having only the words of God written there.
Proverbs 7:3, talks about writing God’s words upon the walls of your heart:
“…etch it on the chambers of your heart.”
We are also instructed to guard our hearts. Why all this care about our hearts? Because what is in our hearts is what we believe to be true, and that belief comes out of our mouths.
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2 thoughts on “Graffiti”
Good analogy, Mark. Here in Louisville there is a lot of graffiti art, some of it very good. I will remember your illustration next time I see it.
Thanks. The message got my attention as well. Blessings