Be imitators of God
It has been a while since I have last written for my website, as I have felt that I needed to have a rest, but just recently the lord has graciously given me the desire to get back into the saddle again.
Therefore, I wanted to write an article that reflected a bit of what the lord has been teaching me lately. That is, to be an imitator of God, as his dearly loved child.
The question I have asked many times over the years is this, how do I truly imitate God so that my life really reflects that he is living within me?
Ephesians 5:1 says:
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. (NASB)
Well the bible is full of wisdom on how to imitate God in righteousness, but the one issue that the lord has been working on me in the last few weeks has been the power in my tongue.
Yes, I am back to this lesson again, and I believe it is because it is easy to become complacent in the use of that little instrument.
So here are a few of the lessons that I have been learning, and by no means perfected.
- Proverbs 11:9 With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered
- As a Christian I need to realize that through my knowledge of good and evil and what God desires from me, I must not use my mouth to destroy the people around me, by speaking ill of them and or even listening to others speak ill of them. I need to keep my mouth from evil.
- Proverbs 11:11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.
- I can either be a part of the blessing to others and bring life and joy to a place because of what comes out of my mouth, or I can be like the wicked (non believer) and speak evil of everything and everyone.
- Proverbs 11:12 He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, But a man of understanding keeps silent.
- I need to understand, that sometimes I just need to shut up!!! I do not need to voice my lofty opinion on every subject all of the time. Especially if it breeds division and slander.
- Proverbs 11:13 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.
- I need to remember not to be a gossip, intentionally or unintentionally, what do I have to gain by speaking about something that I have no business speaking about? I must be aware that gossip will not only separate me from the person whom I am speaking about, but it has the potential of wrecking any hope of a friendship between the person that I am speaking to and the person that I am speaking about. Stop while I am ahead, is my new motto.
- Ephesians 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
- Yes I think the above verse speaks for itself, I need to use my mouth for good and not evil, building people up in godliness and not playing a part in bringing destruction into their lives.
- Ephesians 4:30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
- I will grieve the Holy Spirit, if I continue to act in a way that is evil and useless, and to be honest I really do not every want to do that, so I need to make sure that I put a guard over my mouth.
- Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
- You can see from the above verse that this is the reason for people using their mouths for evil; as sometimes we have allowed bitterness to mature within our hearts, or it could have been some anger that we felt against another person, and therefore feel justified when we spoke evil of them, or it was out of pure malice that we found ourselves taking actual joy in tearing another down. This must not be, we as Christians, have to lay these old ways down and allow the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts and minds with his love in order for us to love instead of rip others apart.
- Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
- This verse I think sums it up, that we need to be kind and tender hearted to those around us, instead of holding grudges and speaking ill of them or allowing ourselves to be caught up in the temptation to listen to others speak ill of them, we need to be willing to forgive them, to love them and to remember that God has through his great love for us, forgiven our sins, through Christ Jesus.
So where do we go from here?
My prayer for myself and now also for you is that the Lord will reveal to you, and to me when we fall into the temptation to use idle words, words that bring about destruction instead of hope and healing. My prayer is that the lord will put a guard over our minds, mouth and heart, in order that we will only think of things that bring life, and not death, that our hearts would be transformed by the out flowing of the good that is stored there, through the knowledge of what God desires for us, and that our mouths would speak of that good and bring life to all around us.
If you feel that the Holy Spirit is tugging on your heart right now, because of what you have just read, Yay God!!!!
That just means that he wants for you to bring out some changes into your life, in your thought patterns and your speech patterns as well as your heart, and what dwells there. There is no time like the present to ask the lord to forgive you, if you feel that you have used your mouth for less than wholesome purposes.
He is always willing to forgive you and bring full restoration into your life.
As for me, I realize that this is going to be a life time thing, where I will always have to learn how to keep my mouth from evil, but I know with the help of the lord, I can do it and that all is not lost for me, as he teaches me once again, to cleanse my mouth and use it for his glory and not my destruction.