Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Today I learned that...

...a fool has no delight in understanding,
But in expressing his own heart.
Proverbs 18:2
Although, I like to think of myself as an understanding person, there are times (probably more times than I'd like to admit) when I am more bent on "expressing my own heart" than I am in understanding those around me or understanding that God's plan is perfect. I just think that I am important and so are the things I think and feel and, by George, everybody else had better think so, too. Um,, Sarah. Not so much. I am a fool for thinking so.
...a fool's mouth is his destruction,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.
Proverbs 18:7
The words that come out of my mouth are certainly powerful. James 3 says that "if anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body..." And I know that I'm certainly far from perfect. In my quest for understaning and having a spirit of understanding, I want to couple that with kind, loving and gentle words. For "a soft answer turns away wrath. but a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1.
Today, as I realized the truth of my sin, I was grieved. It's never easy to see yourself as the negative example in God's word. But, Jim reminded me today that God's word is just that, a mirror. And today is a new day to trust and believe that God will complete the work He began in matter how painful it is to see the real me and change it.

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