With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. James 3:9 NIV
"Sass" has been the downfall of many a child. It's those few biting words of disagreement often accompanied with rolling eyes that creates an explosive battle on the homefront. As a child I seemed to learn the lesson of not talking back over and over again. I'm wondering as an adult if I have changed my words or their delivery when I don't like someone's opinion?
I wonder how I sound to my husband or child in moments of frustration. Do my co-workers cringe when I get upset at the office? Are my words speaking so loudly that others cannot see or hear God in my daily life?
Jesus said, "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." Each time I open my mouth, I wonder what my heart is actually saying. Is there hate or love in my heart? Bitterness or joy? Pride or humility?
We seem to be at a time in our Nation when there's a free pass to speak hatred versus kindness. As Christ followers we are called to examine our hearts and our speech. We are called to "Love our neighbor as ourselves." We are called to rise above this world because we are not of this world. And we can do all of these things through Christ who strengthens us. We are not alone in this world.
Jesus never said speaking with love, joy, or humility would be easy. It takes practice. Join me today in the practice of loving your neighbor, finding joy in your surroundings, and doing all things with humility.
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Show kindness to someone today and write down that experience in your Bible or journal.
Dear Heavenly Father, It is such a very trying time in our world. We are surrounded by people speaking hatred toward those created in your image. We may be miserable in our life and unable to find any joy in our surroundings. Lord God, help us to humbly come to you and ask for forgiveness of our sins. Help us to model your actions. Amen
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