Sometimes God can get your attention in ways you can’t imagine. It could be the voice of a friend, it could be a sermon or a book you are reading and sometimes it can be a mistake that is not a mistake at all.
Today I was reading other blogs, just looking at recipes and decorating things when I came across a verse that I thought was interesting and went to BibleGateway.com to read it in other versions.
The verse I read was
The Message (MSG)
14 An intelligent person is always eager to take in more truth;
fools feed on fast-food fads and fancies.
This piqued my interest, but I wanted to read it in another version to see what it said. I typed in Proverbs 15:4 and looked at the Holman translation.
4 The tongue that heals is a tree of life,
but a devious tongue [a] breaks the spirit.
So then I went to the Message again~
The Message (MSG)
4 Kind words heal and help;
cutting words wound and maim.
Not even the verse I had originally seen, but the verse God had meant for me all along. A verse I needed .
A verse so similar to others I know by heart
Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Colossians 4:6 (NIV)Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Earlier in the day, when I was trying to count to ten and not react in anger, I let my mouth get the best of me. I said things to someone I love that did not help at all, they hurt. It came out all wrong and even though I felt like the things I said had merit I said them in a hurtful way. So that caused the person I was now in a hurtful confrontation with, to not hear the things I were saying that could help. I hate confrontation, and misunderstandings. Most people do. I don’t like to argue or fight with people I love. It makes me sick- I mean that truly.
So tonight I am saying thank you God for loving me enough to use any means to speak to me and work on me. For causing my eye to see a verse I thought was interesting, when all along you wanted to remind me that there is power in our tongue and not only do you desire me to use it for building up , not tearing down I desire to be a person who helps others, not hurt them.
Tomorrow, I am going to ask the person that I love to forgive me. Hopefully we can talk about the things we let go to far and help each other meet in the middle.
I’m so thankful God is still working on me.
I wish I never had to write this, I wish I had not been a jerk. I’m thankful for words that heal and mistakes that are actually divine intervention.