I Peter 3: 9-11 “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.”
Every single one of us has said something that we regret. We’ve said something ignorant or rude or just plain hurtful. Haven’t we all been in a situation where we wish we could rewind time and change our words? Our words have undoubtedly hurt someone. Some of us might have an instance where we’ve said something and it permanently changed the relationship we had with the person we said it to or about. The regret we feel is gut wrenching when we realize that nothing can erase those hurtful words. They are out of our mouths forever. We CAN be forgiven, hopefully, but we can never take back those words.
It’s tough because we cannot go back and change it but we can learn from it and be cautious with our words in the future. We get one chance to open our mouths and respond with love and respect or hurtful words. Choose kind words. Uplifting words will lighten the mood, warm a heart and wouldn’t you rather have kind words come back to you rather than the opposite? Even worse, with social media….these words will literally be out there in cyberspace forever. Choose wisely. Every time.
It’s easy to want to bite back when someone says or does something. Hurt people hurt people. But, in those situations we have an opportunity to love back, even in our hurt. “Seek peace and pursue it.”
We see wars of words all the time in our society. People snapping back at each other trying to “one – up” the other person with hateful sarcastic words. What does it lead to? More hurt and more evil. Most times, saying nothing is the best defense. As hard as it is to quiet our tongues, it often defuses the situation.
Please treat each others with respect, even if we don’t agree with them. Our world is so worried about “being heard” that we forget to shut-up and listen and then respond in love. It really is the better way, even though it’s hard.
Please use kind words. Love each other. We are to be examples of the love of Jesus Christ. Don’t take this responsibility lightly.
I Peter 3: 9-11 “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue