As I’ve listened to and read media over the last several weeks, my heart has been heavy at how people have been treating each other. Words exchanged have not just been words exchanged by people in the world who don’t claim any connection to Christianity. I would almost expect the ugliness coming out of those people’s mouths.
No, my saddened heart has come about because of how people who claim Christ are treating each other. Post after post has used words, ugly words, to state the reason their side is right. It has been both sides that have used these words, no one involved in the election in the United States can claim the high road. At this point, I’m not even concerned about the politicians who have fostered all of the division in this country. I’m concerned with the relationships which have been damaged because people feel the need to prove their side is right. What happened to being able to accept that someone else might have a different opinion than you? What happened to consensus and compromise? What happened to accepting differences in our churches? What happened to using words to build each other up instead of tearing each other down?
That boils it down to the bare specifics, doesn’t it? Why aren’t we using words to build each other up? I’m sure all of us have an opinion on that topic, but let’s cover what Scripture says first.
Proverbs 16:21-24 says, “The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction. Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools. The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction. Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
How about the words we are no longer supposed to use when we claim Christ as Savior? Colossians 3:8-10 covers this topic. “But now you must also rid yourself of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”
And, finally, words from Psalm 19:14 which I try to keep in mind when I am using words either by speaking or writing. “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
It is my belief not enough of us are keeping this last verse in mind. In the need to prove that our side is right, we speak way too much and listen way too little. May we all, me being first, remember to listen and to recall Whose we are before we speak.
God’s blessings on all of you today!