My friend told me this morning that she is trying very hard not to get frustrated with rude Christians. I told her it is impossible not to get frustrated with them…for sometimes we are “them.” However, some days I honestly want to throw up my hands and scream, “Jesus didn’t treat people like that!!!”
I often wonder what has happened to the words “Christian character.” Some days I come home from being in a meeting or situation where there are a lot of non-Christian people and have to ask the Lord why they are too-often nicer to be around than a lot of Christians I know? Can someone tell me when the words polite, kind, encourage, sweet, considerate and compassion were removed from the vocabularies of many Christian people? These words surely have not been removed from the Bible!
Some days it seems like devoted Christian people think that conversation means it’s time to reprove and rebuke…glory to God! Too often I hear Christians say, in various ways, “I just say what I think- and people have to take it for what it is.” The Bible says a fool utters all of his mind and God says the following in Psalms…something I pray often (words in parenthesis from the Strong’s Concordance):
Psalm 64:2 “Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked (those who harm, show self friendly and hurt, afflict, break in pieces); from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:
Psalm 64:3 “Who whet (prick, sharp) their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter (angry, heavy) words:” [Paraphrase: Their words cut like swords, and their cruel remarks sting like sharp arrows. ]
When my children were very young one of the first Bible verses they learned was “Be ye kind one to another.” I think many Christians need to go back to toddler Sunday School and learn this verse again and then apply honey to their speech…for Jesus sake! — Sharon Merhalski
“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103