Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March 2, 2010, "Ministering Grace or Ministering Bondage?"

"Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace to those who hear it."
~ Ephesians 4:29 Amplified ~

"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."
~ Ephesians 4:29 KJV ~

The first person I think of after the Lord is my dad. He had us memorize this scripture when we were little girls. At that time they were just words to memorize, but this week it became a force and source of Power from the Spirit of The Living God. Thank You dad for making sure that we were hiding God's Word in our hearts.

There was a comment made to me from someone who I consider dear to me who truly said some things that cut me like a knife. I never knew that this person actually thought what proceeded out of her mouth towards me. I remember standing in my kitchen, wanting to cry. I proceeded up to my room and cried. I attempted to praise, but the offense I received attempted to place a gagging object in my mouth. I felt paralyzed and powerless.

When I was crying, having my pity party, two scriptures came up in my spirit. The first one was from Romans 12:12-14 (Amplified) and from Ephesians 4:29. At that moment, I could hear the Spirit say, "You can ask, "Why?" or you can ask, "What can I learn from this?"". I remember, breathing in and out slowly and leading my mind to The Word, versus my mind leading me to the offense.

As I spoke to my dear friend, and pastor's wife, I shared with her what had happened and the scripture I received. She said, "Teresa, notice that in Ephesians 4:29 it says to not let corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, BUT that which is good to the use of edifying that it may minister grace to the hearers. Notice, minister grace when you edify...however, when the corrupt communication comes which is not useful to edifying then what is being ministered? Bondage." I remember, wow! So true! If we're not ministering and revealing the grace of God, then what am I ministering?

Through the hurtful comment made, I learned what NOT to ever do to someone else. I was also powerfully reminded how every idle word that we speak, we will give an account of in the day of judgement (Matthew 12:36).

"Lord, thank You for Your reminders for me to walk on the path following You. You provide, now I need to reside in Your presence. I love You Lord, thank You for freedom. I choose to be one that ministers grace to the hearers, not ministering bondage to the hearers. If I love You with Your Love, it will be shown through my mouth, hands and feet."

1 comment:

  1. You received great advice. I have learned the hard way to step back, and not say anything at all, instead to pray which usually results in repentance from me, because I am too quick to judge. I'm so thankful for the Holy Spirit, who is our mentor and guide!


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