We are all aware of those days that go horribly wrong – the kinda days that leave you going to bed feeling a bit defeated. I’ve been having a lot of those lately, and unfortunately it’s now evident in the way I talk.
I’ve noticed that my patience has deteriorated. I can say that usually I am patient and gracious with my words, but these days I find myself snapping at trivial things, making sarcastic comments, thinking of witty and hurtful comebacks…
I was saying to a friend the other day: “I’ve actually become a monster”.
Obviously that’s an exaggeration, but the thing with coming face to face with your weaknesses is that they can either do two things: convict you to greater works, or condemn you to guilt and shame. I choose the former.
The amplified translation reads: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]”
Therefore, if you find yourself in the habit of speaking words of discouragement, bitterness, tearing down – you will reap what you sow in your life and relationships. Likewise, if you use your words to build up, encourage, and show love to the people around you – the fruit of this kindness will also be evident in your life and relationships.
I’ve tailored my words on this principle – I always try to uplift the people around me and push them toward greatness, and I’m confident my friends can bear witness to this. However recently, by snapping at friends and being sarcastic and sassy, I can create a negative atmosphere around myself that people generally don’t want to be around. I have to ask myself “How does God feel about this?” Is my behaviour pleasing to Him, and how is it affecting those around me?
So what’s the solution?
“The fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].” Galatians 5:22-23
The behaviour I described earlier is evidently not the fruit of The Spirit. The amplified version describes the fruit of The Spirit as being “the work which His presence within accomplishes”. When was the last time I fully engaged with The Holy Spirit? Seeking His voice and presence?
You will find that most of our dysfunction arises when we disregard The Holy Spirit. The more time we spend with Him and the more sensitive we are to Him in our everyday lives – the more His fruit will be evident in our conduct.
“Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” Galatians 5:25
So for me, I’ll be seeking God regarding my bad moods and harsh words. What will it be for you?
See you in my next post,
Love Christina x