I was thinking the other day about things I do or think. I wondered to myself if the things I do or think would be pleasing to God. I am sure not all the things and thoughts I have had in my lifetime have been pleasing to Him nor have they glorified Him. Then that made me start thinking, if I want to please God and be Christ like I need to make sure the things I do and think are pure. This has been hard as in a fleeting thought and of course words that I have thought and said has not been pleasing to God.
It was just yesterday morning, a car pulled out in front of Dave and I said out loud 'what do you think you are doing, get out of the way, if you are going to pull out in front of someone, don't poke along." Now that doesn't sound so bad but my voice made it sound unpleasant. I know God was not pleased with me. No, the guy didn't hear me but God did and so did Dave. After it was over with I was ashamed of myself.
Now to make things worse, I just went in to get a banana and my poodle went with me. She wanted a bite and then when I gave it to her she wouldn't eat it. So, what did I do? I yelled at her. I know she is an animal and not a person (but I happen to be an animal lover) but what if it had been a great-grandchild? I probably would have yelled at them also. The Holy Spirit sure spoke to me. I am glad He did as it made me think, if I am going to continue to say things that are unpleasing to God, why am I writing this?
I believe the Lord wants me to more attentive to what I think and say. Perhaps my thoughts and words have not been as pure as what I have thought and this is a way of the Lord getting my attention. If this is the case I am certainly glad He has although I am not proud of the words and the way I have said them the last couple of days.
I Corinthians 10:31; "...or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God". I certainly wasn't saying those things to the glory of God. As a Christian I should do and say everything that is pleasing to God and to promote his glory. Whatever can't be done for God's glory, I should not do or say. I can honor God by my thankfulness, trust, faith, prayer, loyalty, conduct, and my obedience to Him. I know I have to work on my words and my thoughts. I believe people believe as long as their thoughts or words are not filthy or uncomplimentary they are doing okay. I ask you, do you think God was proud of me or was He glorified by my words yesterday and today? They weren't really mean words but they didn't compliment God nor was He glorified.
Luke 4:22; "And they all bear him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth..." Well, Dave was with me when I yelled at the driver that pulled out in front of us and also when I yelled at my poodle. He can certainly say I didn't please or glorify the Lord. I know as sure as I am setting here God's words are pure words.
I am challenging each of you to think about your thoughts and words. Remember they don't have to be nasty thoughts or words to be unbecoming to the Lord. Our thoughts and words need to be pure, complimentary to God, and to bring glory to Him. If they don't then we should not have them.
Thank you for stopping by and may you know the peace of the Lord. Blessings!
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