Despite being a saved Christian, God is still working out His perfection through the Holy Spirit for my day-to-day life. I am reminded often that I am God’s work-in-progress.
My husband and I had one of those blame-it-on-your-middle-age fights. He was convinced that he had given me something to take care of. I was convinced that he had not given it to me. We searched high and low in the house for that one thing. Eventually, I found the item in his domain of the garage.
I let the words roll off my tongue: words that expressed the displeasure with my husband, but did not reflect my faith. I was surprised at how easily those words formed in my mind. Where was my internal censor checking the words at the gate of my mouth?
Pride got in the way. I am a detail-oriented person who is good with the little things. Surely, I couldn’t be responsible for the missing item. Familiarity got in the way. I have a history with my husband. My response was exacerbated by other issues in our lives. Lack of self-control got in the way. I let my guard down and reacted with my emotions rather than with my faith in action.
My biggest sin had nothing to do with misplacing or forgetting that one item. Rather, it was the attitude towards my husband in response to the missing item. My prayer is that my witness for Jesus Christ will be the tongue of the wise that brings healing and one that speaks as if instructed by the Sovereign LORD. I have no doubt that God will give me another opportunity to get it right tomorrow!
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.