The words that come out of our mouth can cause a lot of problems.
What makes it difficult is that in some cases, those destructive words just do not come out of our mouths, they come out of our hearts from which they originate.
Our heart is the place where God can rule or we rule. When God rules, even our enemies can be loved and spoken to with civility.
We might even be able to attend the funeral of such an individual and compose a poem that reflects how God sees them.
I believe that we probably are given one hundred reasons to hate, yet we can choose not to. We can choose instead to look at the good that was done and ignore the attacks that we have received at the hand of someone else.
It takes courage to lay aside hatred and hurt in order to show respect for another person – especially an enemy.
For those of us who are married – somewhere along the way I think we fall into this.
Husbands are told to love their wives – period. Wives are told to respect their husbands – period. Yet we all have difficulty with this. Sometimes it feels like there are a million reasons not to do this. Throw in the cycle of insanity that suggests “when he loves me then I will respect or if she respects me then I will love her” and we have the perfect recipe for separation and probably divorce.
We condemn ourselves with our own words and in condemning ourselves we destroy those around us.
May we take the high road, the mature responsibility, the calling of being followers of Christ and move to trusting, loving, respecting and giving and avoid the path that leads to stealing, killing and destroying.
- The Power of Sin (leighcranefreeman.wordpress.com)