“For out of the mouth come forth from the heart” Matthew 15:18
It’s funny how the very thing that you can’t stand in one person could be the very thing (characteristic) that you can’t stand within yourself. I know for a fact that no one is perfect and that everyone has a flaw or two or maybe even three or four. What I don’t understand is how quickly we choose to point these imperfections out in one another instead of trying to help.
I do realize some people no matter how hard you try are simply a lost cause. You will have to take the initiative to just lift these lost souls up in prayer and hand them over to the sweet baby Jesus Himself. Now an issue that I have with people is how quickly we get caught up in gossip or hearsay. I’ve learned within my 30 years of living that you have to be careful of the information that’s being brought to you. I seek God and ask that He sharpens my spirit of discernment to reveal the motives and intentions of the messenger.
We have become so thirsty for negativity it’s pathetic. What I will not tolerate, condone, nor give ear to is the slander or cutting down (crucifying) of the next woman or man. Matthew 18:15-17 states that “If your brother or sister sins against you go point out their fault just between the two of you, if he hears you, you have won him over but if they will not listen take one or two others along so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses if they still refuse to listen tell it to the church and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or tax collector.”
So basically if you have an issue because someone has offended you then the proper way to handle the situation is to go to them in a private manner it’s not for you to tear them down in return. I can honestly say that I have been more offended by the church (people/folks) than with the commoners (worldly) people in the streets. I think what really bothers me the most is how quickly we set out to destroy each other.
You have to be very careful of who you “put your mouth on.” I say this because if you are going by hearsay then it doesn’t make the situation valid. I am aware of this there are always three sides to each story mine, yours, and then there is the truth. Time reveals all things and a person can only hide their true selves for so long. If a person’s character or integrity is in question it will all come out in the wash.
In conclusion, the tongue is a powerful thing. Proverbs 18:21 states “Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” We as people need to learn how to handle offense of others in a more appropriate manner. People are going to always talk they are going to always form opinions and because opinions are like buttholes you must know everybody has one. It’s our attitudes that will determine if we grow or damage the relationship. The goal for today is to take Michael Jackson’s advice and look at the man or woman in the mirror. Last but not least be mindful of your words, actions or reactions to certain situations you never know how this will affect the next person.