Disappointment is in the air. Promises, whatever you think about them, have been made and are being followed through on. It is clear that some of them are not as well thought through as they might have been. This circumstance is in the back of my mind as I see the following in my morning reading:
“Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.”(John 13:36-38 ESV)
Peter is often referred to as rash. Speaking first and thinking second, or third…
Yet, when the time came, The Father chose to use Peter as spokesman, to embrace the gentile, to lead the infant church in its earliest days.
The question for us today as we consider our words – spoken, argued, posted or whatever – is … Are we considering our words?
Are we thinking, or just reacting because of fear or disappointment?
Are our reactions to our circumstances causing us to focus so much on earth that our reactions, words and attitudes are rash?
But, take heart, we can still turn to our Father and He will comfort, calm and empower us to be used for His glory.
Even justice, for its own sake, apart from giving God glory, will fade like grass.
Speak in such a way as to give God glory, let our words be worthy of the Holy Spirit, who lives in each follower of Jesus.