Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May 1

We have all said things that we wish we could erase as soon as the words leave our mouth. Often there are things said that grieves the Holy Spirit, things that require our immediate repentance. Do you know what that is? Unloving words said to our fellow humans! Did you know that we are not even supposed to speak ill of any spiritual beings? We can rebuke them, and tell them to leave us, but we are not to call them names. When is the last time you called someone a bad name? When we use bitter words, the Holy Spirit withdraws from us because He is holy, and because our words are sinful, His Holiness cannot be in the same place. Remember this the next time someone ticks you off and you decide to give them a piece of your mind. In fits of anger and rage, it is sometimes hard to control the string of words coming out of our mouths, so be mindful of this, and pray for control before your mouth causes the Holy Spirit to turn His back on you.

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Ephesians 4:29-31

Grieve: cause great distress to (someone).
Bitterness: sharpness of taste; lack of sweetness.
Anger: a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.
Wrath: extreme anger
Slander: make false and damaging statements about (someone).
Clamor: shout loudly and insistently.

Malice: the intention or desire to do evil; ill will.

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