The Spirit of God has been convicting me of something. Apparently, I’ve been using too many words. The Bible says that if you use many words you WILL sin. I speak all the time. How many times do I open my mouth to accuse a child of something without finding out the whole story because I just interrupted them? How many times have I interrupted my husband, jumping to conclusions because I think I already know what he is about to say?
This is a really bad habit. We speak without truly listening. The Bible says we are to be quick to listen and slow to speak. If we apply that principle to our husband and children, we would take half the conflict out of our lives and peace would reign in our homes.
I am quick to rationalize my sin and think, “I would not be sarcastic if my husband wasn’t”. What is that? Since when am I not responsible for my own behavior and my own reactions to an unkind comment? The truth is, I can only change me. I can’t change that other person.
We have a child that has picked up on the sarcasm that my husband and I have used over the years. He is actually quite good at it now, thanks to us. We are reaping what we have sown. It is time to change. And it starts with me.
Right now, half the battle is being aware of my speech. I have to ask God throughout the day to convict me and show me when I am sinning with my tongue. I am truly learning that if I speak less, I sin less. It’s so simple, but it is so hard!
I am allowing God to purify my heart, sift me like wheat and make me more like Him. Again, this is not easy! The tongue is the hardest thing to control on the body. Praise the Lord! When I am walking in the Spirit, completely relying on Him, I am victorious! When I slip away from under His covering I will surely fall flat on my face. I MUST abide in Him!
Please take a moment right now to pray and ask God if you are quick to listen and slow to speak. Ask Him if this might be a problem in your life that can be taken care of by His power. He will be faithful to show you. What is the end result? To be more like Christ. Is it worth it? You bet it is!
Listen to your children today. Try speaking life-giving words, kind words, words that bless, not curse. If you practice on them throughout the day you will be even more apt to speak kind and loving words to your weary husband when he walks through the door after a long day of work. Remember, you reap what you sow! He might even start speaking sweetly to you…
From One Mom to Another,