11/6/08

Cause and Effect

I have a problem with words. Not necessarily choosing the right ones (although sometimes my blog indicates otherwise), but rather when and how to speak them. Ah, the power of well-chosen words- either to cut down, or build up. Of course, the Bible speaks a lot of the "tongue" and cautions us to use it wisely.

Last night during the Bible study hour at church there were some negative comments made about the president elect. The woman behind me said under her breath (not in a mean tone, but more sad), "Well, some of us here voted for him." All of the sudden I was stricken with remorse, even though I hadn't said the negative comment. It isn't through our agreements with people that God is revealed, it's through how we address disagreements.

In unity we are strong. But unity is not an easy task. Inevitably, someone is dying to themselves in small ways or large ways (God gives grace to us in different amounts). Just to clarify, I am not trying to talk about our country, but rather about the body of Christ. We can unite against sin, against the pull of the world on us and our children, and against the love of self.

God will work all things together for good for those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. In trials we are tested, but God is our strength. As hardships come we have two options:
1. Let trials defeat us.
2. Let trials strengthen our resolve to be faithful to God.

Whether we agree with government, or the vote of the majority, let us be willing to be used of God to do what is right. And if we need to speak truth, do so in love for the edification of the hearers.

1 Peter 3:10, "For the Scriptures say,'If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.'"

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