Wednesday, July 15th
A gentle answer will calm a person’s anger. But an unkind answer will cause more anger. Wise people use knowledge when they speak. But fools speak only foolishness. The Lord’s eyes see everything that happens. He watches both evil and good people. As a tree gives us fruit, healing words give us life. But evil words crush the spirit. Proverbs 15:1-4 (ICB)
Here is the all important question: How are you actually doing with tongue management in your life on a daily basis in your relationships with the people around you? God already knows how you are doing as today's passage reminds us with these words, "The Lord’s eyes see everything that happens." How do words like this make you feel? Really stop and think about this because it can make all the difference with being successful in managing the tongue. Is the thought of God seeing everything that happens more troubling than comforting to you? It really should be a source of comfort to you, but, if it troubles you, then there are some core things about your relationship with God that need to be looked at.
Our relationship with our Heavenly Father through redemption in Christ is all about trusting in and experiencing the gentleness and kindness he always has for us through the Holy Spirit. If you are afraid of God and think that his scrutiny will result in anger and harshness coming your way, then you will be hard pressed to be gentle and kind with others. It is absolutely essential that your perception and experience become aligned with the actual manner in which God relates to you every moment of every day. Your relationship with God is a relationship of grace. It is all about being filled with his gentleness, kindness, healing, and life. You can only be an agent of God's grace to the degree that you are a recipient of his grace.
Our gentle and kind responses to others are healing words that give life. Evil words that crush the spirit are rooted in a relationship with God that is out of wack. If you are a recipient of God's grace on a daily basis, you will find comfort in the awareness that "the Lord’s eyes see everything that happens." The Lord seeing things as they actually are leads you to be open and transparent with him because you know he is not waiting to clobber you, but to show the way to victory over your struggle with the tongue.
Lord, my prayer today is a request for the kind of faith in you that truly matches up with who you are. Thank you for your gentle, kind, healing and life giving grace. Help me to trust in you for this grace so that I actually experience you in this way on a daily basis. Make me a true agent of your grace so that the people in my life experience life giving and healing words from me that are filled with gentleness and kindness. Amen!
Posted on Wed, July 15, 2015
by Alan Porter