Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.7.19

Scripture

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.

James 3:9-10

Reflection

Most, if not all of us are guilty of this. How many times have you said that you don’t “do drama and negativity”, yet you found yourself repeating an ugly rumor or a negative story released by the media—that was based on speculation and not facts?

How many times out of anger, frustration, fear, or excitement have you cursed aloud? How many times have you questioned or blamed God for something not going right in your life? How many times have you cursed or been negative (in some other way) and God or Jesus’s name was part of the word or sentence used?

Be honest and admit that you have no clue how many times you have done these things, but you know that you have done them. It has become what we refer to as, “human nature”, yet we forget that we aren’t human beings having a spiritual experience, but rather spiritual beings having a human experience. It doesn’t matter what we refer to something, what matters is what God and Jesus say.

I can admit, I can curse like a sailor, truck driver, and fool—and wrapped up into one person. Oddly enough, I also have the sense that God gave me, to know to not curse in front of children, the elderly, in church, and in certain other settings. So, if I can refrain from using profanity in those instances, then I can refrain in many and most instances.

Cursing is easy. It’s mindless. It’s reactionary. It doesn’t take much effort to spew the words out. Isn’t that the problem? All that I just described, isn’t God. So why do you and I seem to love to do it?

Each day, let’s work to refrain from cursing, and thinking and acting out negatively. Each day let’s commit to stopping ourselves when a negative thought pops in our head—and right before profanity or something else negative slips out of our mouths. In those moments when we do slip up, stop what you are doing and immediately apologize, repent, and ask God for forgiveness-–because you know better—and you know who you are—you are God’s child.

Refraining from negativity of all kind won’t be easy, but the more we try the better we will get, and the better we get the more like Jesus we will become; and the more like Jesus that we become, the closer we get to God. Now that’s an awesome thought and definitely something to work for each day. Don’t you think? So let’s do this!

Prayer

Father, there are days when nothing but good comes from my mouth, and then there are days when I sound like two people in one body—praising one moment and cursing another—positive then negative. Father, this is not a reflection of You and Your goodness. You made me in Your spiritual image and likeness, yet I sometimes don’t behave as I should. Help me Father. Help me to grow, help me to catch myself before I give in to negativity of any kind. Help me to refrain from gossip, cursing, bad-mouthing myself and others, and other forms of negativity. Out of my mouth should only come light. I pray for this Lord. Amen.

Love your fellow sister in Christ,

Natasha

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