James: Handling the Hard Stuff of Life
“Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me”, we used to shout to the bullies or classmates on the playground who would tease unmercifully. It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Words may not break bones, but undoubtedly crush the spirits to whom they are said. The “victoms” may hide it well. But those words will be written on their memories forever. Teasing words maim and sometimes kill already wounded spirits. Yes, bones can heal…and leave a scar. Words scar beautiful humans whom God has created.
Sarcasm, though a popular sport to get attention and a laugh or two, is just another form of teasing and maiming. Our words carefully thought out, flow from our hearts. So, this must be a heart issue as well. What IS in our hearts that cause us to say things in snarky ways? Who are we hurting, really?
In just a few Words, James tells us:
James 4, The Message
11-12 Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others?
What do we learn?
–Wow, my snarky, sarcastic words, are like painting graffiti over all that is Holy…God’s Message, His Word to us, ultimately Him.
“Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for Me.”–Jesus
–What we think…will always be less than what God knows.
–We are not in charge. We will never be “in charge”.
–He is God. And we are not.
Dear Heavenly Father, We repent of words that flowed from a sad, worried, fearful heart that hurt others instead of helping them. We repent of thinking that was not pleasing to You. Help us by renewing our spirits and transforming us to be all you intended for us to be. Take away all thoughts that lead to actions unbecoming to You. Purify our hearts. Cleanse us from the inside out. May we then reflect You. May others see You in us.
In Jesus Name, Amen
“Oh be careful little eyes what you see…”
“Oh be careful little ears what you hear…”
“Oh be careful little mouths what you say…”