Strive for Spiritual Maturity
What good is fasting when you keep on fighting and quarreling? This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me. Isaiah 58:4 NLT
Division among Christian believers has existed for many centuries; if we serve one God then we should have the ability to coexist in peace and harmony.
The simple answer to this dilemma is to find a mirror and stare at the reflection that you see; yes, you are the problem.
It is a myth that if you raise your voice then you will be heard. This is not referring to the literal act of yelling, this is the plight of using one’s mouth to speak more than using one’s ears to listen. It is a popular trend to utilize your right and ability to sound off, give your opinion, debate or argue so you can be heard.
We have fallen prey to the worldly trends that are in opposition to godly standards and character traits.
And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire…James 3:6
The Word of God is truth…if you have the deadly habit of spewing words, then according to God, you are corrupt.
And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right. James 3:10 NLT
The Christian walk is one that will remove you from the “Most Popular” list; in fact, you may end up with very few friends. Make the commitment to change by exercising self-control of your tongue and you will notice many changes. As you begin to practice the gift of silence in response to ungodly conversations, you will notice that your social life and interaction with the “Sound off” circle of friends will decrease.
What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? James 4:1 NLT
In order to change, we must acknowledge, confess, and repent of our evil desires.
And he gives grace generously. As the scriptures say, ” God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6 NLT
Our goal as believing Christians is to possess and reflect the character of Christ. We cannot afford to throw away the opportunity to have Eternal life. God is straightforward in the habits that He is displeased with: Can you imagine those with disagreeable traits in the heavenly home?
Do whatever is necessary to draw closer to God!
Remember the saying, “Silence is golden?” Someone realized a long time ago when gold was the most precious commodity that silence was also highly valuable.
Our salvation is the most valuable gift because Jesus gave his life. We must never let our flame of fire destroy the opportunity to serve God and lose our inheritance of Eternal life.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13
Bible Reading: Revelation 21-22
Prayer for today: Dear God, We confess that we are using our tongues as deadly weapons. We ask you to forgive us of our sins, especially the sin of possessing an argumentative spirit. Please help us as we do our part in changing ungodly and detrimental habits. We desire a closer relationship with you and we desire eternal life. Thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus. We ask this prayer in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019