With a sincere heart, ask God to soften the hearts of your enemies and antagonists to submit to His word, will, love, truth, and salvation.
Then ask the same for yourself.
Remember, God doesn’t love them any less than He loves you.
Matthew 5:43-48 (NKJV)
43 “You have heard that it was said, (B)‘You shall love your neighbor (C)and hate your enemy.’44 [a]But I say to you, (D)love your enemies, bless those who curse you, (E)do good to those who hate you, and pray (F)for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for (G)He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 (H)For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your [b]brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the [c]tax collectors do so?48 (I)Therefore you shall be perfect, just (J)as your Father in heaven is perfect.
In our society today, many people consider blurting out exactly what’s on your mind equates to strength and assertiveness.
How many times have you wished that you could have some visceral response back and ‘unsay’ some words that you released?
Many people claim that…
“I couldn’t help it!
“I couldn’t hold it in!”
“I just had to say it!”
In doing so, many people have embarrassed themselves or ruined their name, reputation, career, relationships or sown discord and driven a wedge between close friends or relatives.
Or, worst of all we can ruin our testimony for Christ.
Sometimes it’s best to just HOLD IT IN!
The same people who say they can’t hold in their verbal response will hold in their flatulence.
No one is going to blurt out a loud, smelly fart that will embarrass them in public.
Holding in the hot air that comes from your mouth and behind both take the same level of restraint!
Even the word of God tells us that it’s best to sometimes ‘keep it to ourselves’…
Proverbs 13:3 The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
Proverbs 21:23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.
He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends.
My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a [a]perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 [b]Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.
See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of [c]iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of [d]nature; and it is set on fire by [e]hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the [f]similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? [g]Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
As we ask God to help us to guard our tongues, let’s remember that SELF CONTROL is a Fruit of the Spirit.
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