Like a scar across the horizon, man’s work scrapes across the work of God. It stands in upright insult at the beauty that God reveals. The greatest of what we produce compared to God’s smallest creation is a mere triviality and crude in comparison.
There are some days that I think are going well, or they may have gone really well until that moment comes and I make a comment. My mouth convicts me.
Can we be convicted about things we say not out of malice but simply as mistakes?
It certainly feels like that some days. Perhaps it is God’s way to get someone to pray for that particular person. If I offend people with what I say I try to pray for them when I have a moment with God.
Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.
If I do not say words meant in love as I go about my day, then I pray that I can make amends when speaking to God. But on the whole these moments will be small moments. Even as I tell children to perform and not worry about their mistakes, because very often the audience will not know.
But the Holy Spirit is there in our very hearts to convict us when we do wrong, even when it was a mistake.
Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”
A pylon stands like an insult to God. People feel fronted by what we say and do somedays. A crowd going along with a comedian and laughing at a remark, can really gnaw at others feelings, at how they respond in the future.
We are never meant to climb pylons, and we are never meant to walk around in lofty places, thinking that we are better than any other people. We are all equal in God’s eyes, or perhaps I should reflect back to yesterday but say God is looking in through the eyes of the people we offend.
Tonight I pray for who have taken offence. Lord God lift our words in love to one another so that we may shine as adopted children of your Son Jesus Christ. May we be forgiven of these moments when our mouth slips away from us, may we think before we speak and may you send us out in the love of God.