“Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. Ps 141:3”
I think we are living in challenging times for communication. Behind the computer screen it seems easy within FACEBOOK and BLOGS to be rude and insulting, detached, not even giving a thought to the person you are speaking to. I have been shocked at how people talk. I don’t think they would talk like that if they were standing in front of the other person.
The internet age is a brilliant. I love the web. Debates are great. Being challenging is fine. But I feel we haven’t yet learned how to talk to one another in the right Spirit. I think we need to realise words matter, they can build and destroy. People matter. Words count. You don’t know the other person, what they’ve been through, where they have been. We presume too much about each other. I think we need a genuine love revolution that changes how we talk. I think we need Peacemakers and secure people who can love and turn the other cheek. Like Stephen who was being stoned but still cried out “Forgive them!”.
I used to love a story as a kid. It was about a man with a winter coat. The Sun and the Wind decided to see who could get him to take it off. So the wind went first and blew and blew. The more he blew the more he tightened his coat. He gripped onto it. Then the Sun came out and gentle warmed the man. In no time he had his coat off and face in the sunshine. Kids story big truth. Kindness not harshness won the argument. Nobody is convinced by a harsh person. It dulls the ears.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience and goodness and kindness. Love is the better way. I believe he is looking for a new culture, the shadow of heaven for his government to rest upon it. How can we become Oracles and speak to Governments if we can’t control our words? It’s time to grow up into the Head.
Jesus said they would know us by our love. Help us all Papa, myself included.
Just a wee thought about a big issue.