This week, we focused on the words out of our mouths. This is definitely one of the biggest challenges in life. It takes every ounce of self control to hold your tongue when you really want to let loose on someone who crossed your path. Sometimes, we have good intentions but they get lost along the way.
We have been told that we are the product of our experiences. When I was a child I determined it was my responsibility to defend myself and that became my lifestyle. I can’t fight but I can speak. If you accuse me, that dormant lawyer inside of me would rise up and you will have a problem. I would not use abusive or vulgar language but I would not back down. I had to learn that the battle does not belong to me; I do not have to fight those battles. So how did that bring change in my life?
There are many verses that I have used over the years. Colossians 4:6 tells us, “Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” I had to fire that dormant lawyer because it’s difficult to be gracious when you are in self defense mode. Self defense mode works with an eye for an eye but gracious mode encourages you to turn the other cheek. That is what God wants from our lives. It is not a once decided kind of thing. It’s more like picking up your cross daily and following Jesus.
You might be asking what ever happened to that dormant lawyer? I work hard to put her to death. The words of the Apostle Paul describe the situation perfectly in Romans 7:19, “For the good that I want to do, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.” I know that my journey is a process. Change is slow and every now and again, there might be a step backwards but I try not to focus on that but I look at where I was and where I am today. There will always be a struggle but as I submit and turnover the battle to the Lord, I will find success in my struggle. What about you? What is your struggle? The same is true for you; if you submit and turn it over to Him, you will find success in your struggle.
Thought for Today: Friend, nothing is impossible with God.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.