The whirlwind trip was filled with so much love, mercy and blessings; I had two friends who set aside two days to drive me wherever I needed to be and help me with Nourishments. They sacrificed their time and personal schedules to make sure I had everything I needed while in CA. It was amazing to receive so many loving hugs from friends I adore and did so much life with, while living in CA. However, may I be completely transparent with you? The Lord is teaching me His table manners through Nourishments; He is teaching me self-control and grace. It is easy to love when treated as well as I was by friends just mentioned, but challenging when my feelings are hurt. I quoted a four year old when teaching in CA “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.” Sometimes people say things to me indicating my name is not safe in their mouth, and it hurts. Oh, you know the comments are not openly aggressive, the comments are always those passive aggressive comments that I do not even get until later when I realize, hmmm that was a dagger meant to hurt.
The Lord has been strongly convicting me regarding how I love others. Are others name safe in my mouth when they offend me? My friend in WY has the best saying about those who hurt us, “they are just poor slobs trying to get through the day, just like me.” I love that saying because no doubt I offend as well, and I pray my name will remain safe in the person’s mouth I offended! Check out this devotional from Nourishments.
Proverbs 18:21 (NLT)
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
Ezekiel 37:4 (NLT)
Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord!’”
James 1:26 (NLT)
If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.
1 Peter 3:10 (NLT)
For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.”
B e careful with your words. Your God hears everything you say. Your poisonous words can kill dreams, hopes, imagination, and joy in others. Oh, please be very careful!
On the other hand, your words can revive hope, renew a forgotten dream, and flow fresh, living water into a parched, dry soul. Your words can speak courage where fear abounds and your words can bring fresh life to dry bones—those whose faith lies withered and dry.
God is serious about you using your words to help heal and encourage; He said in James that your religion is worthless if you do not control your tongue. Will you consider the seriousness of His words? Will you guard your words with great intentionality? Will you commit to not sharing words that could hurt another? If you have some special knowledge that could damage someone’s reputation, don’t share it with anyone, except to intercede for them in your prayers.
Abba Father is the only true Judge and He knows best how to deal with your brothers and sisters. A.W. Tozer said, “After you are seated at the Father’s table, He expects to teach you table manners. And He won’t let you eat unless you obey the etiquette of the table. And what is that? The etiquette of the table is that you don’t tell stories about the brother who is sitting at the table with you.”
1. A.W. Tozer, Five Vows for Spiritual Power.Public Domain.
Let’s not be excused from the table because of bad manners. Let us feast together, encouraging one another, and forgiving one another. We can give all hurts to the Lord and let Him deal with those with bad manners. He is our biggest Advocate! How are your table manners; are you sitting at the feasting table or have you been excused?