Day 16-Avoiding words.

Here is the next installment of my Five Minute Free Writes Challenge.

Remind them of this, and charge them before the Lord to avoid disputing about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2: 14-15(ESV)

Sometimes it can be such a challenge to avoid disputes with words. My flesh can get the best of me. Several instances recently have me seeking God and asking Him to guide my words and actions. I would rather be right with God instead of right with the world.

There is a delicate balance between speaking truth, in love, and biting my tongue because the words I want to speak, even though spoken in truth, are not spoken in love and are better off not said. I don’t need to fight my battles, God will fight them for me and fight them better than I ever could.

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it iswritten, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19(ESV)
Yet, there are other times it’s impossible to avoid conflict. If I see an injustice, someone causing another discomfort, I HAVE to speak up and protect them. I failed at this, in my past, and a very special person in my life has been forever scarred. I won’t allow that to happen again. It’s times like these that I realize the person I am speaking to may never completely accept responsibility for their actions BUT I will know I spoke truth into them. Once that is done I simply need to let go and let God handle the situation as only He can.

Righteous lips are the delight of a king,
and he loves him who speaks what is right. Proverbs 16:13 (ESV)

If you would like to read more blogs in this series click here 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Challenge They are written by my Five Minute Friday friends!

 

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