On a warm summer day, a young girl, the older sister, teased her younger brothers until they retaliated. When their Mom tried to make peace between her children, the peace was short-lived. This Mom then explained to the children what was happening. Speaking to her daughter, she said, when you provoke your brothers, they will, of course, want to hit you. You are causing their retaliation.
Then This Mom added, “It hurts me so much, that my three children I love very much, fight. The daughter heard her mother, and her words pierced her heart. She caused her Mom heartache by her behavior.
Words can hurt, words can provoke anger, words can be weapons that kill the spirit of an individual – no matter how young or old. Words can promote unrest or peace. It matters what words we use.
As I observe the world and its plethora of words zinging across the ether world, I see hurt, chaos and death following in a cloud of darkness. Between nations, between people, between family members and in God’s house the hurting words proliferate. The right to get even begins early and grows exponentially through the years unless checked.
While reading God’s Word today, I came across these healing words.
In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:11-13
Jesus Christ is all that matters – it is not our fragile ego that matters. He lives in us. He chose us; He loves us. No matter where on earth we live, our culture, slave or free, Jew or Gentile – He loves us. Why does he matter? Because He created us – and He loves us so much, He came to this earth to save us from our sins, which are many.
How difficult it is to understand there is more than this earth. Living in this world is not all there is. We are chosen to be his holy people. We are to make allowances for each other’s faults and forgive anyone – ANYONE – who offends us. Even as the Lord forgives us, so we must forgive others. Are forgiving others too hard? And we stutter with an unforgiving heart – “But, but, but, you don’t know….!”
Now the list of words that make us God’s Holy Children, the Children of Light….when we understand and follow Him. Tender-heartedness, Mercy, Kindness, Humility, Gentleness, and Patience. These are nouns that turn into Holy attitudes and behaviors. This way of thinking leads us to the Fruit of the Spirit. These behaviors can only be lived through the Holy Spirit we receive when we accept Jesus as Lord and Master. These behaviors bring Peace, Forgiveness, and the Joy of Jesus...
There are places of peace of sounds and sights all around us. We hear the sweet song of the brook as it wends its way. The birds sing their praise to God perched in a tree. The wind sighs and pleads with us to know its Maker. The falling raindrops create a song as they dance on the leaves of the trees. The lazy cloud that drifts through God’s skies gives us peace, as does the laughter of innocent children. God gives us sight to see and know his peace as we watch a young deer lope across a field or rabbits hopping through the tall grass. Fish swimming lazily in a river delight us as does a vineyard laden with ripened fruit.
As time goes on, the tastes of comfort and peace God ready us for the Peace in Life Eternal. These are the words of Jesus - “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. John 14:27-28
How am I doing in the Language of Peace so closely related to Love? I find these questions in Gary Chapman’s book – God Speaks Your Language of Love:
1. How do I most often express love to other people?
2. What do I complain about most often?
3. What do I request most often?
When we listen to the language we use – and others hear – is this what we desire? Are our words filled with Love and Peace and Joy? Do they wound or heal? Are we concerned more with our rights and desires? Is our Language directed at others wounding our God who loves us all?
- Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. 1 Thessalonians 5:23
- May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:2-3
- Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love. 2 John 1:3