This is day 13 of the Write 31 days October challenge. I’m using Five Minute Friday‘s one word prompts this year and tying my posts to a hymn of the Christian faith. For the rest of my posts click on the landing page. Today’s word is write.
They can build up or destroy. Sometimes they can look like they’re destroying but the intent is to build up. That’s were we found ourselves a year ago this week. Confronting sin. Praying that the offender would sincerely repent (turn away from it). Our words should have built up, but sadly they didn’t. Instead words were twisted, gossip flew and the words of others, about us, devastated us.
The truth is, sometimes our words need to be firm, sometimes they even need to be harsh. I know, we’re not Jesus but he didn’t enter the temple and turn the tables over and chastise those people with a wimpy voice. The original language Paul wrote in the book of Galatians is rather crude and rude. If we were to read it today we’d probably say he wasn’t being nice or kind or loving. But he was. Our definition of loving kindness is different than God’s. Paul was confronting sin. He realized the gravity of unrepentant sin. He realized the consequences of unrepentant sin. And he loved the Galatians.
Yes, sometimes we need to be gentle and soft spoken, but there are times when someone’s sin calls for us to be more firm. This doesn’t mean that we’re unkind, it may very well mean we care more than others.
It’s not kind to leave people in sin. It’s not loving to excuse sinful behavior; there is an eternity facing each of us.
One of eternal damnation or of eternal glory.there IS an eternity facing each of us; damnation or glory #godisnoliar Click To Tweet
God’s grace is sufficient for those who love him and are called according to his purpose. When we love him, our desire should be obedience to his word. Not what feels good to us. We cannot live for ourselves and for Jesus.
And we circle back to love again. God wrote about perfect love in his divinely inspired word. In fact, each word of Scripture written displays his love for us. It teaches us everything we need for life and godliness.Each word written in Scripture displays God's love for us Click To Tweet
Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life,
Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life;
Words of life and beauty teach me faith and duty.
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life,
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.
Christ, the blessèd One, gives to all wonderful words of life;
Sinner, list to the loving call, wonderful words of life;
All so freely given, wooing us to heaven.
Sweetly echo the Gospel call, wonderful words of life;
Offer pardon and peace to all, wonderful words of life;
Jesus, only Savior, sanctify us forever.