Have you ever been
dutifully happily reading along during your morning quiet time (still half asleep- spilling coffee on your journal) and find Jesus stepping all over your toes with His powerful words?
“But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another” (Galatians 5:15 NASB).
This verse found me at one of the lowest points in married life. I’m talkin’ -ring off, radar up, just waiting for him to mess up one more time before I sent him off to live with his dad- point in our marriage.
God and I had been wrestling over this marriage all year
I say “God and I” because hubby had quit fighting for us long ago. To shoot straight with you ladies, when I am upset with something in my husband, my words can be ugly.
Yet I know that if he spoke to me the exact same way it would hurt deeply. Gr… Why do I act that way!?!?!?! Can you relate?
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As I sat reading that one verse over and over again it suddenly fell into context.
My husband is my neighbor.
I need to speak to him like I want to be spoken to. Seems like common sense, but I don’t do it consistently.
God showed me a truth: my mouth does more damage than anything else in our marriage. Talk about stepping on my toes that morning!
Praise God we have the Holy Spirit battling as we walk through this life – battling to make us more holy!
Proverbs 18:21 NASB – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it’s fruit.
I think we know what words bring death… but what are the words that bring life? I haven’t heard many sermons preached on that!
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