Have a message that needs delivered?

Pr. 26:6:  “He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.”

Have you ever sent a message with someone only to have it end in chaos or be completely undelivered?  I’ve experienced this.  I have allowed others to handle issues for me in the past and the result was complete chaos, sometimes even changing the course of my life.  Misunderstandings are often made even worse when allowed to be handled by 3rd parties.  True communication between 2 people is nearly impossible if they are not speaking directly.

I noticed in 1 Cor. 16:21 that Paul finished his letter to the Corinthians noting that it was in his own hand.  He wanted to ensure that they knew he was taking ownership for his words and that the words they were reading were the truth straight from him and not from the interpretation of another.  It’s important that we know the truth of a matter before we accept it as truth.

When you hear something from a 3rd party, please remember that it may not be true.  Take it with a grain of salt, and if the matter is important enough for you to truthfully know, then ask the other person who’s directly involved.   Also, if you have a matter to discuss with someone else, do it directly if at all possible.  Ensure that your words have the integrity of your character behind them.  Protect the other party, as well, by speaking to them directly.

Sometimes these things take more courage, preparation, and patience, but the pay off is that we won’t have to drink the violence of the chaos that would have otherwise transpired.  God supplies all our needs.  He equips us and He takes care of vengeance for us.  Let’s trust Him enough to allow Him to help us through all of our communications with others.  When you have prayed and confirmed that you really need to deliver that next message, allow the Holy Spirit to do the speaking.  He will help you through.

Hoping to keep my feet attached today,

jamie

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Let the fire go out

Pr.  26:20:  “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer,  strife ceases.” 

I just threw my brother-in-law under the bus.  I randomly told on him and caused strife within the room.   I felt bad immediately, apologized,  and then read this verse.   Boy, what a lesson.

Outside we have a campfire the is smoldering  from our fire last night.   We had a huge fire due to the large amount of wood Donnie’s brother and dad picked up yesterday, so even though we abandoned he fire last night,  there is still heat inside the core.  We would only have to add some wood to that fire and we could get it roaring again.

I apologized to my brother-in-law, but the subject matter was something that is already sensitive within our family.  The words I cannot take back simply added heat to the fire already smoldering.

I typed before about James 3:6 where it says, “The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.”

My comment wasn’t mean-spirited, but it certainly wasn’t helpful, and if only under the surface,  it added wood to a smoldering fire.  We have to speak slower and make sure we’re not adding wood.   People are counting on us.

Biting my tongue,

jamie