A misunderstanding, an offense, spoken harsh words and suddenly someone’s anger rises to an unexpected level. A knife is grabbed and held high; a scream…then silence. The knife is thrown on the ground and the person runs, runs, runs until he cannot run any longer and he kneels down praying, “Lord what came over me? Please take this temper away! Help me Lord!”
It may not be to this extent that anger, bitterness, envy or any other works of the flesh manifest, but it is a battle we all face at one time or another. When it does, we feel so unworthy. We find ourselves embarrassed over things we have said or done. Shame, guilt and grief overwhelm our souls. In those times we might not run to God quickly enough. Our flesh tries to hide from God but to no avail. It’s only in God that we can hide. He is our hiding place. He preserves us from trouble, even when that trouble is caused by our flesh. It’s not always the devil who is opposing us. Our flesh constantly wars against the spirit and can only be confronted in and by the Spirit.
When we cry out to God we find He is a very present help in trouble. We submit our weaknesses to Him and receive His strength. It’s supernatural and amazing how God touches and changes us. We are in Christ, our hiding place. There is comfort, protection and deliverance. Instead of the flesh taking over, God takes over, from glory to glory!
Psalms 32:7 “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.”
We place a guard over our mouth understanding that death and life are in the power of the tongue. We pray the Lord enables us to tame our tongue so our words may edify and minister grace unto the hearers. Words spoken by the flesh, out of anger, hurt those they are spoken to as well as the one spoken through.
When we say things we shouldn’t say, the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, is hindered from flowing freely. We are called to speak forth the truth of God’s word with authority and power. We must beware of the ways the enemy tries to pull us into other people’s conversations. Gossip is very destructive. Sometimes our silence is taken as our agreement with what is said. It is best to remove ourselves from a conversation that is not proper, or express our desire not to be part of what is happening. So much assumption is made by others when things are said that misrepresent the truth. Talebearers spread rumors and lies causing a lot of hurt in the Body of Christ.
We cannot answer for others, but we can condemn every word that comes against us in judgment. We can pray for our own mouth to be controlled by the power of the Holy Spirit, from glory to glory!
Proverbs 18:6-7 “A fool’s lips enter into contention, And his mouth calls for blows. A fool’s mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.”
When we encounter situations where others are in the midst of a quarrel, disagreement or any other type of dispute: we are to be peacemakers. We do not take any side, act angry or pick up someone else’s offense.
Proverbs tells us that the one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own, is like one who takes a dog by the ears. The ears of a dog are short and hard to be held so they are tender. The dog doesn’t like for them to be pulled and tugged by someone he doesn’t know. It’s risky for a man to hold on to the ears of a dog because he runs the risk of being bitten. It is so with someone who interferes in a quarrel, He may be bitten by one of the contending parties. When the Spirit of God leads us to minister to those in the midst of a quarrel, it’s to bring peace as a representative of the Lord. We must beware of others trying to pull us into their disagreements so we will side with them without knowing the whole picture. The only side we ever take is the third side, God’s side.
Blessed are the peacemakers. We pursue peace and look for opportunities for the Holy Spirit to pour out His peace in every situation, from glory to glory!
Proverbs 26:17 “He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own Is like one who takes a dog by the ears.”