This has been on my heart for a while. Sometimes, in the middle of the night God brings me wonderful eye opening wisdom. This is one of those things and its too good not to share.
Defilement of the tongue is a real thing. And revealing of ones character.
Daily, I sit back and watch people tear one another down because there is no longer respect for one another’s opinions or differences. I’m sure you can relate.
It appears we live in a world where we can no longer agree to disagree. Everyone is in fight or flight mode, drowning while trying to survive and cutting one another out of their life in times of despair; when what we should really be doing is lifting one another up in love, kindness, gentleness, forgiveness and even long suffering. Ask yourself this: If it was always easy- our circumstances and daily opportunities, would you really appreciate the outcome or reward without having to experience the battle?
Standing for what you believe in is only admirable when you can endure the long suffering and still come out on the other side with your integrity still in tact.
If you are defensive, angry, or bitter because someone has a different outlook/ opinion than you, you are a part of the problem. You are only justifying peoples opinions of you, as well as letting them have control over you in your circumstance. And for what?To try and “convince” them that what your ideology is the one and only correct way? Someone else’s opinion of you or a circumstance is none of your business. It doesn’t matter. Just because someone believes something, doesn’t make it your truth.
In this world of chaos what is your Anchor? Love or hate? The beauty of it really, is that you choose for yourself. Through your actions and in the words you speak, you call in your tomorrows. Everything is established through our words, by whether we agree or disagree with one another. What you speak will produce. James 1:19 tells us to let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. These are qualities that we need to have in our trials.
In Matthew 5:43-44 it says “You have heard it said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” And again in Matthew 5:46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?
You see the devil loves that we are a nation divided- on several levels. Friendships dissolve and even family members cutting one another off. It’s exactly what he wants, and we are the ones who suffer for it, our children are the ones suffering for it and we are the only ones who will continue to suffer for it. We are human, made in His image and in His likeness- capable of so much more than we already are, We have opinions based on the ways we are raised and our personal life experiences. Sometimes we mess up; things may come across unintentional OR intentional- either way, don’t we all want others to have the same compassion and understanding towards us in our times of trying to explain and be relatable in what we stand for?
I want to present to you the #revivelovechallenge.
Do something in love for someone else, that doesn’t benefit yourself. We are all fully capable of doing so, however, are we willing to be humble and even vulnerable in showing someone love- who we don’t think or feel deserves it? From EVERY DAY situations and circumstances, Anything from our jobs, families, traffic obstacles, politics, racism etc. ALL of the trials we as people can face- Are we ready and willing to break free? To start changing our own mindsets and outlooks before we expect others to do so? Are we able to be swift in hearing, slow in speaking and slow to anger? As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you cant, either way you are right.”
Are we willing to bring change in and through ourselves first, to cause a ripple in the world? I want waves. And I’m hopeful. Will you join me? #revivelovechallenge