It is said that the smile is part of a ‘universal language.’ Generally meaning…. all is well… hope it’s OK with you. Or, by Webster’s definition: a pleased, kind, even scornful, or amused facial expression, typically with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed.
But there are those who SMILE for a different reason. Beware.
Yeah…. a smile… is a smile…. is a smile. Now remember…. satan was likely SMILING at Eve, when he lead her AWAY from the Tree of life… from Immortality to MORTALITY. Promoting, instead, a life of shame, pain, and sorrow. Just think… satan buys his clothes at the same store we buy ours…. one NEVER knows where the ‘next smile,’ will lead. Be CAREFUL who you smile at.
There are those…. with ‘totally EVIL intentions’ who are SMILING at us... all the time… doing all in their POWER to drag us into the ’Worldly Life.’ These same ‘smiling faces’ are the girl/guy next door, down the street…at our place of work… and yes, even in the pulpit. Evil is EVERYWHERE.
Think of those ‘sultry smiles’ we see from Folly’Wood… and, on the magazine rack at the check-out- counter…luring us… sucking us… into their den of iniquity. Sure… there are many ‘beautiful faces… sporting beautiful SMILES,’ but for what reason? We’re not dumb… we know the difference. A smile is … just a smile… yeah, give me a break.
Remember… it takes TWO for a smile to be complete. A ‘one-way smile’ is just that… ONE WAY. When, how, and ‘if’… to return a smile is an ‘art.‘ If we ‘return the smile,’ and stay fixed on the other person…. Then, that smile… typically, takes on another meaning… taking ‘us’ to another level. However… If we smile back… and then, quickly look away… returning to our original focus… then OUR SMILE… sends a signal to the other person…meaning, STAY AWAY…thank, but no thanks. Which message do we INTEND to send? To engage… or disengage? Truth or Consequences?
By the Grace of God… our bodies are blessed with a built-in ‘radar system.’ One, which, tells us… pretty quickly, and accurately… that the ENEMY is approaching. Run the other way. Take a 180, and don’t look back ‘to see.’ As soon as we get ‘that signal’… then do as we WILL. ‘Freedom of CHOICE’ will kick in… and then, it’s Sadie bar the door. Or, Thank You God… we defeated the EVIL one… again.
If we want to ‘represent God’ in all that we do, then CHOOSE… to follow Him. It’s EASY. Just say… Dear Lord, forgive me of my sins… help me, to be an INSTRUMENT of Your Peace, and a CONDUIT of Your LOVE. Then, atone for our sins, and make a CONSCIOUS effort to CHANGE from ‘anything evil… to EVERYTHING good.’
Jesus said in Matthew 4:19… “Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Jesus was telling His Disciples… not only, to follow Him… but to ‘Do as I do, and do as I say.’ And in Matthew 22:36-40… Jesus said… ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Many Blessings, as we all… seek the TRUE will of God, so that He might SMILE upon us…. Cjlb… 1/6/2019.