How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah. But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him. Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah. Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD.
I need to ban Christianese from my relationship with Glenn! There are times when we use “Christian language” as an excuse to be mean to each other, or to win an argument. Saying something like: “Why don’t you go and pray about it!” certainly isn’t a nice way to end an argument. And phrases like: “I don’t have grace/patience for this today” is an excuse to put off godliness in preference for selfishness. Such words do not honour God. They are vain and unloving.
Instead, when we are angry, tired, grumpy, frustrated, hurt, etc we are to call to the Lord, seek Him silently alone, and listen. He is our help in trying circumstances, and tiring seasons. He strengthens us to choose the path of righteousness. We have been freed from sin and have come into such beautiful freedom to walk uprightly, but it remains a choice that we must make every day. Not allowing ourselves to use glossy, but selfish, words is part of the choice.
My action for today: Watch my words. Seek God first when angry, tired, grumpy, frustrated, hurt, etc. Do not use pretty words as an excuse to be selfish, impatient, or mean.
My prayer for today: Father, we walk in your freedom. Thank you for releasing us from captivity to sin. Let us not continue in sin, and especially do not let us use our faith to gloss over our sins. Encourage us forward in love, truth, and grace for each other, our family, and those around us. In Christ’s name, Amen.