I have been inspired today.
I have multiple blogs. I have been blogging since high school. I have always kept them completely anonymous. Therefore I could write whatever I wanted to with out any opposition. I could write the deep ugly stuff. I felt like it was my way of processing and getting it out. Which it is a way for many. But today in my quite time with God, I felt convicted and then inspired. As a follower of Jesus and believer of the bible. God has reminded me that we must be careful of what we say.
Ephesians 4:29 ESV “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
James 1:26 ESV “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”
The verses on the tongue go on and on…
I was convicted that anything that does not speak goodness, being a follower of Jesus, should not be blogged even if it is anonymous. These things should be processed through personal journaling, personal counseling, and publicly blogged about if can only be written in a Godly manner. If you are not a follower of Christ, I do not judge or hold you to this expectation. This is an expectation I put on myself. Wether your a follower or not, If you seek to be a good person and to be wise. This is probably still a good expectation to follow. I am not saying I am only going to blog happy rainbow things. I want to blog the real stuff. But I am challenging myself to blog heavy stuff with wisdom, without judgment and without slander to others or those who have wronged me. I realized, like many women, I have fallen into the easy trap of gossip and have let me tongue speak things that are not pure and righteous.
I have deleted past blogs that were not spoken in love and have asked forgiveness from God who forgives me everyday for my short comings. And I want to change my behavior and repent from anything not of the Lord. I want to blog the truth but with love.
I am putting together this blog that I don’t have to keep anonymous. A blog I can share that no matter who reads. One that even if I am talking about a hurtful hard time in my life, I am speaking only of my own journey without slandering someone else. I want a blog that is pure in heart.
As a lover of justice, righteousness, truth, humility, wisdom, mercy, grace, forgiveness, faithfulness and compassion, I want to share my life experiences in full truth for any it may also inspire. And if anyone godly catches anything not Godly in my blog, please with love and gentleness, correct me so that I may do a heart check on myself and repent to what is right.
Titus 3:2 ESV “To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”
Piggy backing off this… My heart has been troubled. When we are hurt by others it is so easy to slander, judge and hate. But God says to LOVE OUR ENEMIES. NOT TO JUDGE. As Christians it can be confusing because we are called not to judge but also to discern truth and seek justice. How do we seek justice and stand up for what we believe in without passing judgment?
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye, when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.”
There are more amazing verses on this topic. Before we judge or slander, we need to stop and look at our own sin first. To love others and want to help others, free ones we care about by confronting them with their harmful words, actions or behaviors, we must make sure we have brought it before God, have a pure heart, have no self seeking motives and are calling out someone elses sin in COMPLETE LOVE, GENTLENESS, WISDOM and GRACE.
WHOA. Im going to assume that that is a lot harder to do then it is to type it out haha. How beautiful would relationships be if we were this way to eachother. None of us are perfect, We ALL fail at this including myself. But in a world so broken and hurting, I want to at least try to surrender all and be as “Christ-like” as I possibly can. Which means not relying on my own strength to do so but on The God who created us and loves you, me and all his people.
Another side not, I am a hairstylist. What are hairstylist known for? Talking about all the gooey drama us women emotionally become victims of and I am so guilty of this. I realize it is ok to talk about life and truths but to not let my emotions guide my tongue and try to catch myself when my words become not of goodness. THIS IS GOING TO BE HARD.
How do we share our hearts hurts, desires, troubles without painting a picture of how horrible the person is that is hurting us to the person we are venting too? Can we say without spitefulness and revenge… “this person hurt me” Without it being a self seeking reason to want to expose and devour the wrong doer. If we have done wrong to that person too, should we not also bring our sinful actions to the table? What does it mean to forgive? What if the other person is not sorry? Is continuing their unhealthy behavior? Or makes you out to be the bad guy? We must remember that we do not fight against people but against the spirit world of the evil one. It is not people we should hate but the enemy.
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.”
“Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice”
1 Peter 3:9
“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
I am glad God has convicted me and has inspired my heart to take something I love doing and turn it into something more fruitful and something I can share.
I hope to share without judgment. Wether your a follower of Jesus or not I Love you all. Anything you want to share, comment, ask or add on I encourage your feedback.
God bless ❤