Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pray Before You Act

Zechariah 7:9-10 (ESV)

9 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, 10 do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”

*No matter what level you are on in Christ, poor judgment, inconsideration, ungodly conversation, and lack of love and kindness has occurred among many of us. Some are quick to jump to assumptions without being honest enough to admit that they don't know the full story, nor do you even take the time to understand the person. Others often harden their hearts and not allow the right element in, while confusing this with the idea of protecting themselves. This is actually the first step towards loneliness, isolation, and perhaps even limiting yourself to a by avoiding the challenging but yet rewarding experience of meeting new people. Other individuals tend to group those who are different, make an assumption, and isolate yourself from people who are not like you. Then lastly, there is the ever so slight moment of devising evil against someone who you think wronged you. People often do something as simple as plan not to speak to an individual, or you may have even taken steps to seek revenge. Yet, you haven't bothered to communicate the issue with your brothers and sisters. Notice that all these behaviors go against the love of God. Now, please do not confuse His love with the idea of letting everyone in your close circle. Always seek God for guidance and balance, but there is no reason for poor judgment, misconceptions, misunderstanding, lack of showing love, lack of witnessing, or isolating yourself to one group. You never know how you are meant to be used as a vessel to impact a life for Christ. Therefore, consult with God in everything you do and say before you take your ideas and behaviors into your own hands...You may be missing out on your blessing...

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