Some Things are Better Left Unsaid

Praising others appears to be a thing of the past. Everyone has an opinion, or so it seems, so I return to biblical days. Soldiers and others mocked Jesus’ words, and some people were bold enough to discredit Him. He was beaten with fists, blindfolded and taunted; but, not once did He turn His back on the hateful nor retaliated with scornful actions.

Some things are well said… but some things are better left unsaid.

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19

Clichés are abundant, but at times, not responding speaks louder than words. Rebuttals hurt, and damages integrity. Many times spoken words in the heat of a moment are later wished they were unheard by the recipient. I ask, did you pray before you spoke those demeaning comments? Most people must not, for their spew would not roll off the lips so easy. Is it human nature to bow down to such shallow depths for it sure leaves little room for two to compromise?

Some things are better left unsaid.

“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” Proverbs 21:23

Christ tried to make listeners comprehend, but when preaching fell short, a better method took front stage. God, in accordance, knew His actions would speak louder than words. We will learn a lot if we just listen and accept the Lord’s advice to love each other.

Some things are better left unsaid.

“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18

Dishonesty runs rampant in society, and it’s not only individuals but politics and businesses too. We are taught differently as children, yet it free flows into adulthood. The Bible warns us of a tragic fall when we follow the crooked paths of life. Curb the tongue as our gracious Lord taught us.

Some things are better left unsaid.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Proverbs 18:21

Those who scramble to speak like a double-edged sword will find their life spinning in circles. They shall never experience the Christ of this world without repentance. Smile instead… let your derogatory words and thoughts be a secret only unto the Lord. Be gracious unto God and let others be a witness to His love which lives inside of you. You are the Lord’s temple.

Leave some things better left unsaid.


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Faith for Two

It’s common to hide in the shadows of doubt. We often exhibit some kind of fear – either instilled at a young age or because of a subliminal act which caused us to become negative. Living in faith or placing trust in something you cannot directly touch sometimes seems almost impossible.

On the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught of the futility of worrying about things you cannot control. He used the example of food and clothing, but His message was unmistakable–seek the kingdom of God, trust in your Father, and He will provide for you!

Matthew 6:25-27

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

One of my favorite sayings is “where there is fear there is no FAITH.” You can’t have both fear and faith! But, sometimes in life, those weakened by illness need a little support from those whose faith is a bit stronger. I find myself in a position, more times than not, administering to those who need help. God often speaks in scriptures of our duty, as Christians, to bear another’s burdens and give encouragement to others. It shines the example of His precious love. Having faith for two is so essential.

Jesus cured the lame and sick in the name of God. He never questioned this gift to heal the sick nor the strength of His conviction, which came from His Father. We have the same capabilities, believe or not, if we overcome our fears; for example, can you imagine how Moses, an ex-murderer, felt when God asked him to lead all the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea? He must have been scared out of his wits, but he had enough faith for all forty thousand people to succeed.

What about Noah? He was mystified by God’s request to build an ark because God was going to flood the earth of all sin. Could he hold the faith for two? The townspeople laughed and mocked him as he built the boat which would carry the future generations of life. Through the worries he faced, his mission was successful anyway because we are here today to relay the bible story.

On a personal level, my wife held the faith for two as she sought to find me after a thirty-two-year hiatus in our friendship. She finally found me in 2016, and God supported our dream of publishing my book and having a beautiful marriage. Our story of incredible odds leads me to believe it was only God involved in our success story. As many of you know, my wife had a scarf with a severe health issue. I know there were times her faith wavered amid a grim diagnosis; but I carried her, in my faith for two, and God took care of the rest.

We should examine ourselves and understand we have the strength to carry our loved ones through difficult times. Staying in prayer, uplifting each other’s spirit, and asking for God’s guidance will supply you with everything you need. It is empowering to know God will transform our body and soul when we carry the faith for two.

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The Value of Thoughtfulness

 

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Doing a thoughtful deed for others has such high rewards, but when it happens unexpectedly to yourself, it dramatically changes the credence of kindness. I’ll never forget coming home one day to find a neighbor who lived across the street, mowing my front yard. How do you put a value on their thoughtfulness? The most significant action is the act of giving! It’s the only thing our government hasn’t figured out how to tax either. A simple smile, a ‘hello’ or ‘good morning,’ means so much and it costs so little to deliver to the receiver. It is the sweetness of Christian life – care, love, and consideration.

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Thoughtfulness denotes good character and earns respect. God expects us to model His love to others for it shows we have Him living inside us. Giving unconditionally is the value of thoughtfulness, and it becomes a domino effect. It’s the priceless heartfelt feeling when you witness someone smiling over such a little act.

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I am blessed to remain in these rejoicing moments. God promises to honor us tenfold when we give to others out of consideration and love for one another. It is my calling, too, to walk blindly into the valleys and spread His good news to the confused. Making others feel like they matter in a sometimes cruel and unrelenting world can be challenging, but the reward is so great. Be not afraid, our gracious God has a gentler side.

The value of thoughtfulness goes a long way in making so many people happy. It restores the faith in humanity. Christians, we have a calling to give with a free spirit. It will shine in heaven’s armor, trust me! Let us follow God’s path.

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