Morning Coffee with Jesus - January 13, 2010
Greetings loved ones!
Today's "Morning Coffee with Jesus" comes from James 4:11 "Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him, speaks against the law and judges it."
Have you ever met someone who has only negative things to say about a person? How much fun is it to be around that person? About as much fun as eating oats from a feed bucket! Often I have found that when one person speaks against another or judges another, they usually make assumptions about the person based on limited knowledge of the person. And, this speaking against another person is presumptuous on the part of the one sitting in judgment of the other.
Because we take our eyes off God, we have time to focus our eyes on those around us. We are tempted to be jealous and envious of others instead of reflecting on God and who we are in God’s sight; His beloved children. When we are jealous or envious of others we typically want to get back at them for being so happy by criticizing.
When you say, “He’ll never…” or “there’s no way she could ever be…,” you are pronouncing a judgment on another person. You are speaking against your brother and judging him. By judging him, you are telling God that He could never create a human being capable of the very thing you are tearing down.
While we know our words can tear down, today let’s focus on using our words to build up instead. That is not always an easy task, but it is the one God asks of us. Like all habits, it takes time to establish a habit of positive speaking but it definitely is achievable!
Today ask God to put positive and encouraging words in your heart, which will
flow from your mouth. Don’t take on a role God never meant you to have, especially one as burdensome as a judge and a critic!
Have a POSITIVE day in Jesus! Go MAD in someone’s life today!