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Also do not take to heart everything people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. For many times, also, your own heart has known that even you have cursed others (Ecclesiastes 7: 21-22 New King James Version).
We need to be careful of what we listen to; is it from the Lord? Is it based on biblical principals? Is this conversation bringing glory to the Father, or is it demeaning or tearing down people who are not present for their own defense? These are questions we need to ask ourselves before getting involved in certain conversations. When responses are required, we need to ask ourselves the same questions. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks, so we need to take a good long look at what our hearts may have to say
We must also be aware we may hear things upsetting to us; they may even be about us, in particular. God wants us to forgive and not dwell on what we hear because we are also guilty of speaking about others hurtfully. I believe we should forgive quickly, for if we didn’t we would harden our hearts, creating a wall of bitterness which hinders the work God wants to do in our lives.
Let’s Pray: Lord, thank You again for Your love, for this glorious day that You have blessed us with! We are grateful for Your mercy, grace and faithfulness. We ask that today we are given discerning ears and clear hearts to distinguish what we hear and to speak in love in all our responses. Equip us to be Your mouth today, and to examine ourselves. Help us to forgive those who paint negative and hurtful pictures of others, and allow us to bring positive light to every conversation. Holy Spirit, help us to sprinkle salt into every interaction we have today. Lord, let Your love be evident in all our relationships and grant us opportunities to share You with others. In Your blessed Name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: I like information, I like to know as much as I possibly can and I like to know it now; but over the years with Christ, I’ve had to learn what information is good to know and what information is simply gossip. I have learned, with regards to people, if it’s a conversation of which I am neither a part of the problem or the solution, chances are I don’t need to be engaged in the conversation. This is an area in which I still struggle and need to remind myself constantly to carefully weigh what others say and what my responses are against the Word of God. Pay attention to what you hear today and examine it in the light of the scriptures.
Additional Scriptures: Matthew 7:3-5; Matthew 6:14-15; Matthew 5:13-16; Luke 6:45
Notice, we never pray for folks we gossip about, and we never gossip about the folk for whom we pray! For prayer is a great deterrent. ~Leonard Ravenhill