Portions of this post were originally published in May of 2018…
“Don’t let any evil talk come out of your mouths. Say only what will help to build others up and meet their needs. Then what you say will help those who listen. 30 Do not make God’s Holy Spirit mourn. The Holy Spirit is the proof that you belong to God. And the Spirit is the proof that God will set you completely free. 31 Get rid of all hard feelings, anger and rage. Stop all fighting and lying. Don’t have anything to do with any kind of hatred. 32 Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive one another, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done.”
Ephesians 4:29-32 NIRV
With every situation in life, we are given free will by God which means we choose how to respond to what other people do or say. This freedom also means we are accountable and responsible for our response even if we choose to do nothing. If we are focused on ourselves more than anything else we will often choose a poor response as the self is only concerned with the impact on me without regard for others. God created us out of His love and we were made to choose the Fruits of the Spirit in how we live our daily lives. Be aware not only of ‘what’ you do and say, but also ‘how’ you do and say things when you interact with others. Free will is a gift from God, how we respond to God’s Word with this gift makes all the difference in daily life. May God’s joy and peace be with you. Amen.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Proverbs 15:1 NIV
(This photo was taken in September of 2016 at a lake in central Minnesota)