Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Think before we speak or type.....

As a Christian we are supposed to be meek and humble and I am a Christian woman who tries her best to be a prayer warrior and friend to others. I try to be humble and I try not to be offended and hurt others but it does happen and when I realize it I try to apologize and not repeat the same mistake.
Just this week I posted a question in a private online community and later read responses and went back and deleted the post because I was hurt over a fellow Christian's comment. We get into this concept that everyone should do things our way and we are the only ones that are right and correct in our lifestyles. In Proverbs 3 there is a wonderful scripture many know:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

So breaking down this scripture I am to trust God and lean not into my understanding-not my thoughts not my wants but what the Lord lays upon my heart and reveals to me through scripture.  Yet he doesn't reveal the same things to all who follow him? Then in verse 6 it says we should acknowledge him in all our ways and that he will direct our paths. Does it say every single child of God is to walk the same path? No it doesn't.  We all are to attempt to follow Christ but He works on each of us differently and we are horrible for passing our own personal convictions onto others when they aren't their convictions, but ones God has laid upon our hearts.

The point I am trying to make here is if someone is praying about something and asks a question we should think about the words we use in answering.  Hurt from other believers is sometimes a very good open door for spiritual mind battles to start, and many Christians hardest battles are ones that started from hurt.  
The path and plans God has for that person could be totally different than what he has for us and we need to acknowledge that in our responses.  As I try to teach my children THINK before you speak.

The person that hurt my feelings probably had absolutely no intent to do so, but she was applying what God had planned for her life to the questions and comments I had placed about my life.  We aren't all the same God has different uses and places for all of us we aren't all meant to walk the same exact path if so we wouldn't have a vivid detail of the body of Christ 1 Corinthians 12:
12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14For the body is not one member, but many. 15If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 23And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 25That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

So in closing in this world of social media and freedom of speech I urge you to think about your words and how they appear to others, think about if what you are saying is something that truly applies to the situation or if you are just sharing what God has shown you for your path.