Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | Day 11 of 30
“Let the conversations be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:16
“When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” Proverbs 10:19
So much easier said than done. I’m very quick with my tongue. I don’t have a filter when it comes to defending my husband, friends and family. Many times I have been in compromising situations because of my quick response to another.
I’m not proud of this.
God, forgive me for the words I have said that caused another to hurt, cry, feel discouraged or prompted anger. I know how “good” I am at this, so please forgive me. I want to uplift, encourage, and restore people with my words. Place me where I can do this. Create opportunities for me to love on people with words… Your words.
I read the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and was in awe of their graceful and calm response to Nebuchadnezzar:
“O king, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. [ so calm ] If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve will save us from it [ so certain ] and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king [ graceful, polite ] that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18
I wanna be that calm, that precise with words when challenged. Not offensive, totally comfortable.
Help me to be that God.