Divorce is not a Dirty Word

Week Seven Day Three

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:29-32

Are you bleeding yet? This cuts to my soul. As a matter of fact, a student just left my office after telling me a pretty interesting joke. No it's nothing I can repeat here. As a matter of fact, if I live by this scripture, I probably shouldn't have listened. But you know, we are human. We are going to fail. We are going to sin. I sincerely believe that Jesus knew we would continue to sin after accepting His forgiveness and mercy. He knew we would need a continuous outpouring of His grace.

One of the important things about this passage is "building others up according to their needs." We all have a need for forgiveness. We all have a need for acceptance. The more we deny this basic need, the greater a chance we have to be depressed. Some folks don't want to admit it, but they do want to be accepted and forgiven. When, instead of building someone up -- we shut them out or cut them down, we grieve the heart of God.

When my daughter talks against someone, I don't care if I don't like the person, it breaks my heart because I see the anger in her. I know that in that moment she is not hurting that person, but she is hurting. That is what caused her to be that way. Can you imagine how that hurts our Father's heart. He wants His children to get along. He wants us to learn compassion and forgiveness. In order to truly learn this lesson, sometimes we have to reach a point of deep despair. Don't let the lesson be wasted. Then, pass it on.

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