Good morning! Happy Monday to you all. I pray you had a blessed weekend!
TFTD: There is power in your response
New International Version (NIV)
15 A gentle answer turns away wrath,but a harsh word stirs up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
Have you ever encountered a person(s) who constantly seem to push your buttons? You know, the one who always has something negative to say, perhaps they question every move you make, or maybe they rain on your vision parade with doubt and pessimism. No matter what they do they seem to pluck your nerves more than making you feel good. How do you typically respond to a person like this? I know the flesh sometimes wants to rise and tell the person(s) to SHUT UP and SIT DOWN somewhere, but that’s not Christlike.
I want to remind someone today, there is power in your response. It is very difficult for a nasty and negative person to continue with their antics while you are being nice to them. Please note, I didn’t say it was impossible, because some people are just evil, but it proves difficult for a person to argue with you if you don’t argue back. You see, sometimes you will be tested and provoked in order to see your response. Not only will the enemy dispatch his troops to try to trip you in your walk, but God will test you in order to groom you.
Have you been preparing for the test? The only way to deal with difficult people is to saturate your mind, body and soul with the things of Jesus. I will be honest with you, I can’t be holy without serving the HOLY ONE. I can’t even comprehend loving my enemies as myself without sitting at the feet of JESUS for advice and guidance. I can’t even begin to pray for those who have abused me or forgive those who have spitefully used me without being overtaken by the will of God. In order to prepare for the test, you must spend more time with Christ. Please note this is an ongoing process and has no expiration date. You must spend time with Christ DAILY because you will encounter a different test daily.
The WORD of GOD says, a gentle answer turns away wrath, so Children of God, seek God on how to speak to one another! When someone is being nasty to you, ask God to place grace on your tongue so you can speak kindly to them. A person cannot argue with you for a long time if you won’t argue back! A person can’t continue cursing you out if you are saying, “I pray God restores the broken pieces of your heart.” The more time you spend with God the easier it will become to speak with love and kindness even to those who try to provoke you.
There is power in your response!
STOP YELLING, CURSING and BLAMING folks. Start speaking a soft kind word to others and watch the atmosphere change. The next time someone tries to come at you sideways, pray for God to give you a soft answer. If you can’t speak with grace, excuse yourself until God gives you the words. Our flesh will get us in trouble, but GOD will lead us to redemption.
Be intentional about what and how you speak today! Have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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