The tongue is one of the hardest things to tame and is the most powerful body part we have. We have the ability to cause war or peace with this little instrument. The Bible tells us “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone”(Romans 12:13). Well, what happens when they don’t want peace?
Titus 3:2 says that we are not to speak evil of no man but be gentle, and show kindness to all men. Even when someone speaks evil of you unjustly and even when it hurts you, we all are still required not to speak evil against another. But, what am I suppose to do when they keep speaking evil against me?
You are to keep in remembrance that we all at some time were and did foolish hurtful things but through it all, God never spoke evil of us. He instead with loving kindness drew us in love and showed us the error of our ways. Even now we do things not pleasing to our loving father but he still doesn’t speak evil of us. Instead, He has mercy for us and convicts our hearts to repent.
That is how we are to be with others. Loving one another with the same love we are loved with and having mercy as we are shown mercy for each other always praying for the needs of others as well as for ourselves.
Try taking the next 30 days and for everyone who speaks evil of you show them, love instead. Speak good and edifying things of them and see how your life changes for the good.
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I can remember a time when I started to believe the lies of the enemy. Satan whispering in my ear that I wasn’t going to make it and I wasn’t worthy to raise my kids. I mean I didn’t have a job, I had very little income coming in, and I couldn’t even afford to buy my children clothes. My daughter was battling cancer and here I was battling keeping a roof over our heads. Maybe, I was on the verge of failing, and it was best if I gave my children to their father.
One day as I drove to church I question God in my heart. I contemplated on just throwing in the towel when my daughter spoke up from the backseat of the car. “Mom,” she said. “I know why God has you as our mommy.” Tears began to fill my eyes when I heard her words. I said, “why.” She said, “because He knew you would be the best for the job.”
God used my six-year-old daughter to answer the meditation of my heart. He used her to dispell the lies of the enemy and to open my blinded eyes. I can do all things through Christ Jesus. No, we didn’t have a lot but we had enough. My children were happy and they never complained. My landlord was always understanding and never threating to evict me. God was truly sustaining us in the midst of it all.
That was when I stop questioning and started being thankful. That’s when God opened up doors for additional income, my daughter made it through her battle, and seven years later I have recovered all that I lost.
I encourage you to just hold on to God’s unchanging hand and praise Him for sustaining you.
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