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Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. – Proverbs 12:25 NIV
There have been times in my life when I have had a lot of anxiety. My anxiety didn’t mean that I didn’t have faith, but it distracted me from my faith.
The Lord asks us to cast our cares on Him for He cares for us. When we speak kind words to ourselves, we can have more compassion for others. When I find myself judging others, I ask myself “to focus on yourself. How would you feel if someone said the same thing about you?” I almost always back off from being angry after reflecting on my own standard of judgment.
When we feel exhausted, our physical state may cause us additional worry, but God is faithful, and He does not forget about us. Amen.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:6 NIV
It can be challenging to always speak with grace. We don’t have all the answers, but we can be kind and patient when we don’t have the answer or choose not to speak.
When we judge another person, it can be easy to get caught up in our own sense of right and wrong without considering their perspective. Sometimes it is best to listen.
The Holy Spirit can direct us how to answer when we are unsure. He never tells us to say anything unkind. He always has the right answer, but sometimes we have to wait for it. We don’t have to react to situations immediately. After prayer and meditation, we may see a situation differently.
Sometimes dealing with things with grace requires unplugging ourselves from technology. We can set healthy limits so that we are not unwittingly letting in agitating communications. It is perfectly fine to turn our phones off or put them on airplane mode so that we can exercise good sleep routines. The Lord knows that if we take care of ourselves it will be easier to respond with grace. Amen.
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. And He spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch? – Luke 6:38-39 KJV
When we give our talents and knowledge for the benefit of others, abundance returns to us. We give not from a place of greed, but because Jesus has given so much to us.
We have to be careful if we find ourselves judging others with a harsh measuring stick. If we turned the tables on ourselves, would we want the Lord to judge us with that same ruler? Luckily for us, judgment is up to God and that is not a job we need to take from Him, because He does it better than we ever could.
When we think we know it all and can see clearly, we are in trouble, because we are blind. We don’t see other people’s thoughts. We can only make assumptions. The Lord can see everything. He knows everything. He leads us, and we do not need to stumble through life without His guidance. He is there to help us every step of the way. Amen.
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. – James 2:12-13
It sometimes requires longsuffering to refrain from judgment instead of exercising mercy and love. When Jesus asked us to love our neighbors as ourselves, He also asked us to refrain from judging others harshly.
What would it be like if we could wish kindness and ease for all people? We don’t like to be in pain or to suffer. We wouldn’t wish pain and suffering on others, even when they push our buttons. It’s important to step back and see others the way God sees them. He loves them. He gives them second chances. It requires patience, but we can do it. We can forgive.