Thirty-Seconds Thursday

She makes you crazy with her sarcasm and snide remarks. Seemingly aloof to your constant turning away at her every judgmental comment, she persists with her negative monologue. Doesn’t she see that you’re totally turned off by her berating and condescending remarks? You can no longer tolerate the incessant hammering of words and you suddenly …

I’ve audience such a one who just made it her goal to degrade nearly everyone in sight. And to tell you the truth, it was painful to witness. How could a human being speak such derogatory words about people she didn’t even know?

The longer I thought about it, the more I came to realize that what we harbor in our hearts is what we generally and frequently speak aloud.

“It is not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” Matthew 15:11 NLT

If negativity and degrading words come spewing out on a regular basis, then it’s high time for a cleanse. Some of us have experienced a colon cleanse. And this could be likened to the same. It’s a purging of the toxins within our heart. What we are full of in the unseen, we ultimately reveal through our words for all the world to see and hear.

If you’re like me, it’s depressing to be within earshot of someone who has nothing nice to say. And if you happen to be there, you can feel the weight of the words bearing down on you.

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 1 Timothy 2:1 NLT

We all have that person in our mind who does this. As you picture her face, take these next thirty seconds to pray for her.

“Almighty God, You created us to be in relationship with You and with others. With the same mouth we praise and pull down. Right now, Lord, I lift up this precious soul that You know that may be in unseen pain. She may be living out her hidden hurts that go back further than I have known her. You created her and You provided Salvation for her — just as You have for me. So at this very moment, God, I lift her up to You. I pray that she turn to You for the healing of her heart. Restore and mend her broken places, Lord. Give her the courage and strength to reach out for help to stop hurting. And if I am the one to be Your instrument of peace with her, then send me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

You’ve just helped to lighten someone’s load — the burden they carry in their heart.

I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~

LindaRJohnson, TitusTwo Visionary

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