Avoid Them

What you say can heal or hurt!
Let me tell you the story of a man and what he heard.
This man was attending church with his family, something he had never, ever done.
One day he even got up and gave a brief testimony in front of everyone.
He spoke of the power of God to change lives.
Then one day he missed church; perhaps it was nothing but a trivial matter that kept him out; maybe something came up like it does for all of us.
The next Sunday he was back in church but a few of the men in the church took it upon themselves to scold the man for not coming.
They never inquire why he didn’t make it.
They never asked if everything was okay or if he needed help.
They just decided to deride him and tell him he should have been there.
Their words were sharp and full of poison; no love came from their mouths.
The man left the church with his family and although the wife and kids found a new church, he never went again.
This story is true; it really happened and it makes me angry that Satan allows pettiness to enter into the hearts of people and spew out their mouths.
The Bible says therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, 1 Cor 10:31-32
There are new Christians in the world, whose skin is thin and they cannot take the rough rebuke that a seasoned Christian may.
Peter said as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 1 Peter 2:2
Just as you would not spank a newborn baby, you should not harshly rebuke the young Christian.
For those that do we find these words; now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. Rom 16:17
And so they are avoided!

4 thoughts on “Avoid Them

  1. Amen, indeed our words allow us the ability to speak either life or death over a person or situation, the bible is clear when it speaks of the tongue, James makes the comparison of the tongue to a rudder on a ship. The chief end of man is to glorify God, I wonder what we would say (or wouldnt) if we always used that filter before we allowed words to come out?

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  2. The is a blessing or a curse. It begins with a thought then spews out. I heard a speaker once. She called her husband a jerk in her mind. She thought it was ok because he didn’t hear it. Then one day it came out of her mouth. It goes to show what we think is what we carry in our heart. So it isn’t just guarding your mouth, although that is crucial. We must guard our hearts.

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  3. Randomly visited a church once, and was greeted in the foyer by a large engraved sign that read “Ladies will wear dresses”. That’s all it said – no ‘please’, no ‘thank you’, no explanation at all. I had to wonder how these Christians would greet my always prim and proper Granny who always wore pant suits, or my ‘not so prim and proper’ sister who wore low-cut dresses, and mini skirts ???

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  4. I attended a church once that made me feel so uncomfortable. The people were very rude and not friendly at all. It was like they didn’t want new people to come to their church. How can Christians act this way?

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