Here is the next installment of my Five Minute Free Writes Challenge.
With it we bless you Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? James 3:9-11(ESV)
These words they cause me to cringe at times. Truth often hurts. Truth leads to changed words and actions. If the Word falls on deaf ears it is impossible to be different. To change from my old ways to knew ones. To grow more like Christ and less worldly each day.
I can relate to Paul when he says in Romans 7:18-20(ESV) For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
Oh my hearts desire is to honor God in all I do and say but fail daily. Little things like sharing with my husband something someone did that didn’t sit well with me. Instead I should be praying asking God to give me wisdom and clarity. Praying for God to bless them. Praying asking God to show me the person the way He sees them.
It’s so easy for words in a conversation to move from light banter to sharing prayer needs to gossiping. I don’t think I’m alone in this. I want to do what is right but my fleshly body gets easily tricked by the enemy and before I know it sin is slipping into my conversations, my relationships and walk.
So what am I to do?
Remember I am God’s chosen and think of things above
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2(ESV)
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:12-15(ESV)
An impossible order in my own flesh and undertakings but God’s Word tells me
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13(ESV)
I used to think this meant I could physically do anything because I receive strength from Jesus and living in a physically challenged body this often frustrated me. I know now that the things I can do through him who strengthens me has more to do with my spiritual walk. Things in myself that I can not change can change through Him who gives me strength. I can follow His calling not through my strength but through His strength.
Another verse that is a promise that I can change is found in 1 Corinthians 2:16 (ESV)
“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ”
Isn’t that mind blowing? We can change and understand God’s Word because we are new creations and we have the mind of Christ!!
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5(ESV)
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. James 3:17(ESV)
I don’t know about you but I want this kind of wisdom, from above, and for it to flow through life and overflow from my mouth!
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