We can avoid a lot of strife in relationships by keeping our opinion to ourselves

Romans 14:10-13 (AMP) 10 Why do you criticize and pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you look down upon or despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God [acknowledge Him to His honor and to His praise]. 12 And so each of us shall give an account of himself [give an answer in reference to judgment] to God. 13 Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother. 

What is in our heart and head sometimes and often comes out of our mouth. The words we speak are so powerful. Lives are hurt because of words. We need to choose our words very carefully and be accountable for the words we speak. I have to pray every day for God to help me with my mouth.

We need to cover one another not uncover one another with our words. There’s no need to expose the faults of others (or at least the faults you think you see). Also saying you are sharing information so somebody can pray for someone is fine – if that is really what you mean. Examine your motive for sharing information if you are telling someone else’s story.

We can tend to be judgmental about others and then talk about how we feel they should be handling their situation.  What other people do is what they do. We may not know their personal journey with God. They may be working on the very thing we are being critical about. Talking about them or to them critically can set them back a few steps or discourage them on the path to working out what they are working out.

There is no need to give our opinion when nobody has asked for it. Sharing your opinion too freely can start strife and quarrels. If there is something you need to share that is sensitive, make sure you do it with prayer and the leadership of God – not because you need to get your opinion out there. We can avoid a lot of strife in relationships by keeping our opinion to ourselves.  

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (AMP) 11 To make it your ambition and definitely endeavor to live quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we charged you, 12 So that you may bear yourselves becomingly and be correct and honorable and command the respect of the outside world, being dependent on nobody [self-supporting] and having need of nothing.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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About lisajohnson401

My true belief is that the best way to preach is by our actions and not our words. However, we need some daily inspiration to keep us on our path. We as Christians have a responsibility not to judge others by our words but to show the love of Christ by loving them where they are at on their personal journey in life...and if they never turn their life over to Christ, continue to love them for who they are - after all God does.
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