Encourage One Another
Hope everyone's week is off to a good start! I know that this can be a tough time of the semester- exams coming up, workloads piling up, and hours of sleep going way down- but luckily we have Cru tomorrow night to give us a break. I'm excited to continue our series on God's Character with you all tomorrow night, hope you can be there!
How many times each day do we regret the things that we say, have a hostile attitude towards someone else, or catch ourselves getting fired up over something small happening to us? If you're me then this happens a lot. It's easy to get frustrated, and easy to blurt out some harsh words, but we're called to be better than that. Ephesians 4:29-32 reads, "29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
Pretty straightforward, but not always our first reaction. If we are going to speak, we need to be speaking in ways that are wholesome, with the intent of building up those listening. We could spend all day groaning and grumbling about every little thing that bothers us, but I would just ask you to take a look at verse 32. Think about what Christ did for us... He died on the cross for our sins. I don't recall ever reading in the Bible an instance where Jesus was whining about his circumstances or ripping someone for something they did to him. He just loved. He was full of grace and truth, full of compassion, always building into others. When I think about the things that I get upset about on a daily basis... getting cut off while driving, people walking real slow, Patriots fans, it is shameful to think that these are the things that bother me. If Jesus can forgive us our sins through His death and not speak ill about us, then I'm pretty sure we should be able to restrain ourselves when it comes to the, in reality, little things that bother us. We need to be freeing ourselves from all the anger and bitterness, stop speaking harshly about one another and start loving. Only wholesome talk should be coming out of our mouths.
Matthew 12:35-37 (Jesus speaking)
35A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.36But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”