“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:29-32 NKJV
So far I’ve done all right.
I haven’t gossipped,
haven’t lost my temper,
haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent.
I’m really glad about that.
But in a few minutes, God,
I’m going to get out of bed.
And from then on,
I’m going to need a lot more help.”
Such is my ususal day. One of the advantages of being on disablity, and in a bubble of solitude due to the pandemic, is that I have limited opportunities to blow it. There is no one to get mad at, no one to speak evil of, no real reason for wrath. Back when I was part of the working world, I faced daily tests as I worked with people with a wide variety of disabilities. Many of my clients had problems maintaining healthy boundaries. This was very difficult for me on the days when I was more fleshly than would like to be. It took much prayer and spiritual growth to help me to deal. I believe God put me there to refine me to be a more effective servant.
We are in a time of glabal duress, as opposing forces are working to destabilize our world and make it over in the image of Satan. Though the slogans sound like political ones, the truth is it is a spiritual battle. There are demonic influences that are driving all that is happening, as the evil one is making his move to set up his evil kingdom. I have seen people, prefessing christians, who under normal circumstances, are full of love and kindness, speaking the most vile things about those they feel are in opposition. Sometimes these words are aimed at other believers.
The passage I read today was a great reminder of how I am to behave as a believer, especially with those with whom I share this great salvation. I pray daily for the mercy of the Lord to fill me when I go out and mingle with others. I ask for a heart made raw, and empathetic, willing to feel the hurts of others without judgement. I have learned to walk a mile in other’s shoes, to seek understanding. That is crucial today, as our world is careening toward the the Day of the Lord.
Believers, look upon your discourse as holy and avoid the fleshly tendencies to judge and belittle each other. The evil one is working over time, because he knows his time is short. He is seeking to discredit the elect and dull the impact of our testimonies in these last days. Recently a major christian figure was caught in immorality, and those who belong to the evil one have seized upon it to mock the Lord Jesus. Remember, my people, we are ambassadors, representatives of the Lord. Let us not be disqualified.
It is a time to be alert to the wiles of the devil, and his subtle temptations. Sometimes, we find ourselves in situations where we feel we are justified in expressing our rage, our clamor, our wrath. In those situations, it is better to take the hit, the offense, as not to give the evil one entree to turn a soul toward hell.
Experence has taught me to be ready. I make it a daily habit, a priority to get te word of God into me, to guide me. I dont know what the evil one has in store for me, and with time growing short, I know he is pulling out the stops.
My people, seek to edify each other. Bring a words of encouragement and build up each other.
“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”
Proverbs 16:24 NKJV
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