“Go to sleep. It will all look better in the Morning.” Ever heard that? Sometimes a Day can go so wrong, things can seems so bad, and we’ve run out of time. It’s late, we’re tired and we just can’t make it alright before bedtime.
Perhaps we are powerless to make it right at all. Relationships can do that to us, because we have no control over another person’s response or reaction. Circumstances can turn in an instant, in the blink of an eye, everything can change. There are several incredibly wise, short and sweet, eye-opening little Scriptures tucked into the Word of God about people and circumstances, that are so incredibly practical. Let me show you a couple of them.
Eccesiastes 7 21 Also, do not take seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant cursing you. 22 For you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others.
We don’t really want to know those “secret things,” people have said about us in the Heat of the moment. We all get it wrong so many times, when we try to “size up” another person, or a situation. This in no way excuses our “outbursts” but it does call us to give grace to each other and to ourselves. Remember, we’ve all gotten it wrong on countless occasions, like the above Scripture says, For you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others. But let us always strive to speak the truth in love to one another. Let’s talk something out until we have come to resolution on a matter.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
So what is an unwholesome Word? I looked it up and it means, Unhealthy, Poisonous, something causing injury or ill-health. This can include judging others, cussing, gossip. Pretty much anything that does not build someone up, but instead, tears them down.
I left the house after writing the beginning of the above post. God must have known that I was going to need this today. I ended up getting caught in the worst Menagerie of Detours imaginable. I was 1/2 an hour from where I needed to be, and ran in to about a dozen traffic jams or detours. about halfway through it, I just went off, I screamed an “unwholesome Word” at the top of my lungs until I ran out of breath. I hit my steering wheel hard, and screamed again. My 21 year old was sitting next to me, so I was really embarrassed when the barrage was over. Did it feel good while I did it? Absolutely it did! But it sure didn’t feel good for my son. And it was just plain wrong. I am home now, writing this, but I will need to run out into that horrible world in about 15 minutes. So, Thank You God, for trying to warn me about the terrible, awful morning I was about to have. Thank You for your incredible forgiveness and Grace, which I need heaps of right now. Help me, and all of us reading this post today, to never be stingy with Grace. You are certainly not. Help us to pour grace on ourselves and on others. Guide us to dance in Your fountain of Grace and Praise You for Your Truly Amazing Love. I feel I am just beginning to understand and appreciate Pure Grace.
Let’s be real hear, though, we do need to speak tough things to one another. It’s often how we say something that hurts more than what we are actualy saying.