The mouth. It’s one of the most powerful weapons we have. What we say, how we say it… it can wound someone else for the rest of their life.
We say we believe in God.
We say we love God.
We go to church and we sing praise songs with our hands in the air.
And then we turn around and wound someone in our own family with our words. We don’t even look back. We don’t even regret. We just lash out with little thought to the damage our words cause.
We get too “me-focused.”
THEY should have known better. THEY needed to hear that. THEY should get over it. THEY, THEY, THEY. With little to no responsibility taken on our own shoulders.
But…we DO believe, we rationalize.
How can we say we believe in a God, that we don’t try to be like?
Our belief needs to go deeper. Further.
When we believe in something, or someone – it should come out in how we speak and act. So that belief should play itself out in how we treat others.
It can be so easy to treat strangers better than we treat our own family, at times. After all, a family member can’t walk out on us. (In theory). A family member is stuck with us for life. And we are comfortable to truly speak our minds with them. But – it is our family members who should get our deepest love and loyalty. For they ALSO see us at our worst. They see every flaw – not just the good face we put on for others. And they still love us. Still accept us. Still BELIEVE in us.
Yes, that’s what belief does. That’s what God does for us. And if we say we believe in Him, it’s what we should also do for others. Not just strangers, but our siblings, our parents, our friends.
Treasure their hearts. Treat them with care. Speak in love. Show them they matter to us. Because HE matters to us.