Look Good! (2)
When you’re upset, it’s tempting to ‘hand out other people’s dirty laundry’. But making yourself look good at somebody else’s expense always backfires.
One Christian author observes: ‘That righteous feeling turns to shame faster than you can walk away, hang up the ‘phone, or hit “send”…I can’t emphasize enough how crucial it is to get control over your tongue. I wish someone had warned me to stop talking and start praying.’
A lady named Michelle learned her lesson the hard way. She was having lunch with a co-worker at a restaurant and they visited the ladies’ toilet. While they were fixing their hair they started to talk about people at work who drove them crazy. Immediately Michelle launched into a tirade about Beth, a co-worker who had no idea how much trouble she created for the rest of the team.
As Michelle prepared to launch into more specifics, a cubicle door opened and out walked Beth, flushed and upset. In a split second what felt like a pressure-relief session turned into an embarrassing mess…Beth ran out in tears, and Michelle couldn’t take back the words she’d said. Beth never returned to work, and the next day she resigned. While her co-workers openly cheered what they considered to be good news, Michelle was miserable…She tried to call Beth, and even wrote a letter of apology, but there was no response. And what’s worse, Michelle is a Christian and Beth made no such profession.
Treat others the way you’d like to be treated (Matthew 7:12). What goes around comes around, and idle chatter will surely come back to haunt you.
‘…if we could control our tongues…’ James 3:2 NLT
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Philippians. 3:8-17; 1 cor. 4:20; Daniel 11:32; 1 Cor. 15:58
I count everything loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord! That I may gain Christ & be found in him! Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make Christ my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own! I do not consider myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do forgetting what lies behind & straining forward to what lies ahead I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore as many as are mature think this way only let us hold true to what we have attained. Join in imitating me & keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power! The people that know their God shall be strong & do exploits! Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain!
Look to Christ today & you will be strong & do exploits! Never delay!