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Takes A Beating

Takes A Beating

14 December 2010

Today’s Reading: James 1-5

Scripture:

11 Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. 12 God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others? (James 4:11-12 MSG)

Gossip, criticism, jealousy-prompted bad-mouthing of others, belittling comments, demeaning talk, derogatory statements… Is it really that big a deal? James says God’s Word, the Gospel, and the everlasting Kingdom of God take a beating when we talk like that.

I’m beginning to suspect something that’s kind of scary – kind of jerks the slack out of me when I think about it. If God loves me as his child, his beloved, unconditionally accepted child, then he loves each of his other kids in exactly the same way – completely and unconditionally. This includes people I disagree with and disapprove of. This includes people I don’t like and people who don’t like me!

So here’s the thing I’m beginning to suspect. It’s possible, even likely, that the most disharmonious thing I can do is to wish ill toward someone God wishes well – to bad-mouth someone God loves.

If this is true, and I am coming to believe that it is, it will, it must affect my values, my attitudes, and my speech for as long as I live.

Prayer:

Father, Please forgive me for bringing disharmony to the symphony of grace that is your Kingdom Song. I am glimpsing a deep truth. Don’t let me miss this. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord. Amen.

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