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When we think of fluff, we think soft, lightweight, without substance. Such descriptions are worthy of thought in the spiritual sense.

Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair


My sister insisted on picking an armful of cattails to take to her Arizona home where she could enjoy them as a table arrangement. She called me two days later to tell me when she opened the trunk of their car it was overflowing with white fluff. The desert heat had caused the cattails to burst.

I encountered fluff, too, while working as a reporter for a daily newspaper. I often was given an assignment to write a human interest story. Compared to articles about council meetings and interviews with politicians, what we called “hard news,” the human interest stories were labeled “fluff,” or soft news. Stories without substance, some in the industry labeled them.

Newspaper editors are focused on hard news, but know their readers also enjoy the fluff. We can compare hard-versus-fluff news with the Christian faith. Biblical truth that might be considered soft, or fluffy, must be balanced with truth that might be harder to accept. Think about the verse, John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Such a promise, to believe in Jesus, sounds easy for such a reward. After all, God is love, according to the Bible. He loves us all. Accept the Lord and be saved, it tells us.

It’s easy for us to think that once committing to faith in Christ, we’re home free, heaven-bound. We may not read our Bible regularly or make an effort to learn how to please God. But this fluff of such a shallow faith without substance may lead to a life of strife, anxiety or hopelessness. One of Satan’s greatest tactics is to pull Christians away from God’s Word into something else. It can be sports, hobbies, family, jobs, obeying so-called church rules or doing good works for the community. It can be through negative emotions, such as anger, unforgiveness, fear or unworthiness.

However, if we embrace the hard truths of the Bible, such as the commands to repent of our sins, forgive others, love God above all, love our neighbors as ourselves and live holy unto the Lord, He will transform us. He then will fill us with His indescribable peace and joy even through our worst trials.

Lord, thank You for Your Word. Cause us to search it until we find the truth beyond the fluff, the soft news, about Your love. Lead us as we seek to obey You in the more substantial truths of forgiveness, love and holiness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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