Good Morning Friend,
This week, I want to discuss with you what I call the “word sins” listed above. These are words that are useless and even damaging to self and others, carelessly-spoken words that are not pleasing to God. Not as important as the bigger sins such as adultery, stealing, or murder, yet, they are more important than you may think. When we complain, we are basically saying we don’t like what God is doing and don’t trust his leadership and guidance in our lives. Much like the Israelites whose journey to the promised land should only have taken 11 days but took 40 years, we blame others for our lack of progress. God allowed them to stay in the wilderness because they had a bad attitude.
Do you have an issue with word sins? How often do you complain? Do you find the speck in your brother’s eye more often than the log in your own? Are you a grumbler? For several week, I have been dealing with gunk: coughing, sinus headache, and body aches. And, I have been complaining. And complaining. And yes, this morning, God convicted me of my “word sins.” I have been cranky and faultfinding. My words have not been pleasing. At first, I was discouraged about my attitude, but now I am thankful that I am sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit and can realize my sin, confess, and start this week with a fresh attitude.
So, friend, are you careful with your words? Are you aware of how much you complain or fault-find? I want you to do an experiment with me. This week, keep a tally chart of your word sins. Awareness is the first step to change. Maybe it’s time to get a new attitude. God’s promises are before you; claim them now.