Woke up with a heavy heart yesterday. Sometimes I don’t understand why people do what they do or choose the words they say. Only to kill the spirit of another just because they think it’s acceptable to be, who they are in their refusal to change who they are.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Speak those things that are not as though they are. We must be careful of the words we speak. Your words are a reflection of what’s in your heart. When bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness resides inside, the words you speak will reflect who you pretend not to be on the inside. But will show itself strong when it comes out of your mouth.
To profess to be Christians, one must resemble Jesus in all they do. Our words and actions are a reflection of him. We’re representing the kingdom. To say we’re a Christian but say mean, cruel, hurtful things to others and find it difficult to love the unlovely; in some way is an oxymoron. Jesus loves us even when we’re unlovely. In his eyes, we can do no wrong. Why can’t we do the same for others?
Sometimes we have to think before we speak. And if we find it difficult to find the right words to say, it’s okay to be silent until we find the right words to say. Be careful of the way you treat people because one day you will be that same person and someone will do the same to you; and you will not know what it’s like until it happens to you.
We all will cross the same path one day. We must remember to treat others the same way we want to be treated, so that when our time comes, others will treat us the same way we want to be treated. Sometimes we do things unconsciously not realizing how it may affect others. We have to think before we speak and learn to be kind, respectful, and work to encourage, and not tear down others.
Hurt people hurt people. Misery loves company. Don’t let the struggle of someone who’s miserable become your burden. Don’t let the trick of the enemy fool you. Pray for those who hate, resent, despise, or work to confuse you. When you’ve done all you can do, stand. Put it in God’s hands.
I pray God speaks to the heart of anyone who may be hurting, confused, weak, or weary that they find strength, courage, peace of mind in Christ Jesus. Lord, you can move mountains and calm raging seas. Whatever it is we are struggling with, God deliver us from it.
God you are a heart fixer, mind regulator. You are Alpha and Omega. You are the Author and Finisher of our faith. You are the captain of our ship; perfecter of our faith. When you start a thing, you finish it. You are in control. God, let us speak boldly when we come to throne. Let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14). You will sustain us.
There’s nothing too hard for God. Whatever troubles you, give it to God. He can work miracles even when we think we’re not worthy. God, you’re worthy. Pray for me and I will pray for you. Watch what prayer will do. Prayer changes things. Thank you for listening.
Be blessed! -JD
James 1:26 “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” (ESV)