Thursday, January 26, 2012
The LAST place you'd think of blessing someone...
DRIVING! Now this is an interesting thing to consider, really a "rubber meets the road" kind of application of our obedience and faith in God.
I'm ALMOST surprised to find my normally "sweet disposition" transformed into an angry road regulator as another driver does some ridiculous, rude or dangerous maneuver.
For example, I had just finished a great devotional study and then got in the car to get groceries when another car nearly ran me off the road because they didn't move over to allow me onto the freeway.
Instantly I laid on the horn for WAY longer than a normal "honk, honk," then finally passed the guy and threw my arm in the air as to say "what the heck? I have a baby in the car and you could have killed us!"
I was fuming mad at the danger he had put us in and then cursed by saying "You DING-DONG" (I know there is much worse, and I USED to say ALL of them! But God is good and is moving me from grace to grace, or from terrible profanity to a lesser form! Ha ha ha!)
Then, just as quick as I got mad and cursed the guy with my "ding-dong" remark, the Holy Spirit convicted me in my heart about the study I had been doing on blessing others.
That when we curse others, even with a "your-a-ding-dong," we have set a measure that will be measured BACK TO US. YIKES!
Look at the warning in James 3:5-10
See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. 7 For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. 8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
We are told NOT to bless and curse out of the same mouth (as we only have one anyway! ha ha ha!) But the REALLY disturbing part for me is the "sets on fire the course of our life" part. To think I could set my course of life on fire (not in a good way) for destruction and total ruin? It's SO not worth it!
Remembering this I prayed and asked God to forgive me and help me NOT curse. And to bless that guy driver.
And when we ask God to bless someone, we are essentially asking for God's will over their life to come to fruition. This is something we can ALL agree one (I think anyway:-) that we would want for every person we ever meet.
So blessing is always better than a curse, even when it's the LAST thing you FEEL like doing. Feelings are often wrong, but it's always right to obey God!
A VERY slow learner and your friend,
Posted by Tiffany at 10:03 PM