Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell
Two women having breakfast together at a local restaurant when someone very close to me, sitting alone overheard their conversation. Their conversation consisted of gossip and talking badly about their "friends" and leaders in their church.
Let's just say that my friend does not go to church but has been growing in the Lord. Although they don't know the beauty of community within the church YET especially as they have so much to give within the local body - but not only that, here's the deal, they were so close to visiting.
As this person shared what had happened earlier that day they said, "Teresa, you know how you quite often say to always be intentional of how you speak, especially while in public? Well, I realized what you meant because that was the moment I realized - people like that are the reason so many don't go to church, me included. My friend continued, "I wanted to go over to their table and let them know how they just confirmed why I don't go to church but then the Holy Spirit convicted me as I would be pointing out a splinter in their eye when I have a plank in my own because I've done the same thing..."
First I was in awe of their maturity and yet in the same moment my heart dropped as I thought, "God bless those ladies as they have no idea what they had just done" oblivious to who was around...and yet this was just another confirmation to what my daddy always taught us from Ephesians 4:29 as we were growing up, "Do not let foul or corrupt communication come out of your mouths, but only that which is good to the use of edifying so that it may bring grace to those who hear it."
Lord, point taken...