Wishing words away
I was deleting messages from my inbox the other day and thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could delete words we wish we hadn’t said, and they’d be remembered no more?’
Whether done in anger or what we see as necessity, usually thoughtless words end up hurting the person they are aimed at. What often ensues is anxiety, frustration, hiding, apologies and even then restoration is a long time in coming.
Wishing you could do better doesn’t work. That is magical or in other words, playing pretend. But does that mean there is no hope to change how we speak or what we speak? No! There is hope, it starts in the heart. What is hidden there will come out, whether we like it or not.
God says the heart is deceitful above all else. Who can know it? He knows. He sees everything. The encouraging part is that He explains it in His word and gives us the answer to our problem.
When we ask Him, He can fill us with what we need to live out what He has commanded us to do, and that is ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind …. and love your neighbour as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37, 38.
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