“A soft and gentle and thoughtful answer turns away wrath,
But harsh and painful and careless words stir up anger.” ~Proverbs 15:1 Message Bible
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That’s one of the biggest lies ever told! Words hurt!
I used to have a really bad temper. I was mean-spirited. I would say what I wanted to say without any regard for how I was perceived or received. But, I was anointed to preach, pray, sing, lay hands on the sick…..in other words, I was a mess! To say that you’re anointed AND you’re mean, is an oxymoron! There really should be no such thing. Sometimes, it wasn’t WHAT I said, it was HOW I said it that made the difference. Harsh words stir up anger. That’s the King James Version of the scripture above. As Christians, we should be concerned about the way we talk to people. Just because you’re anointed and gifted doesn’t give you the right to treat people any kind of way. It doesn’t give you the right to talk to people as if they’re peasants. Stop and ask yourself, “if they talked to ME like that, how would I feel?” That would help us to be kind in our dealings one with another. Be anointed or be mean…but you can’t be both!
Funny (but true) story: A few years ago, I went to my Co-Pastor and said, “I need prayer. I’m noticing that I’ve been really mean lately and I don’t want to be.” She said to me, “you just need to get delivered!” I laugh about that now. Initially, I was thinking she’d pray for me, lay hands on me…nope! She told me the truth! And she was right! I needed deliverance in that area! Here’s why: it looks strange to people who watch us (ministers) and they see us operate under the anointing, but then, we’re mean to the people that we minister to! WOW! Ephesians 4:32 says this, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Often times, this is where we miss the mark. And, the age-old saying is, “treat people the way you’d want to be treated.”
Today’s blog isn’t “deep.” It isn’t prophetic in nature. It’s practical. It’s one to help us to turn the light on to ourselves. Too often we see everyone else’s faults but we overlook our own, as if we’ve got it all together. But, if you’re mean as a junkyard dog, that needs to be dealt with. If someone disrespects you it’s so easy to lash out at them, but don’t; instead repay them with blessings. Keep your composure in all situations and overlook an offense. Think about others and how they would feel. Always walk by the Spirit so you won’t gratify the desires of the flesh and be kind to everyone. Let’s practice that for the rest of this year. And, I pray that God would open the eyes of our hearts so that we would be able to see where we’re we are falling short in this area, and then repent to God AND to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Love you guys! I’ll be back with more of this series soon! Until then, #WatchYourMouth
Blessings to you!