Do you have anybody in your life that “wears on you?” You know what I mean, . . by the time you are done with your time together you are either worn out, anxious, saddened about life in general, or feel worse about yourself as a person? Sometimes it’s gossip that you don’t want to be a part of. Perhaps it’s just the foul language and disregard for anything righteous. For some people, you will notice the entire conversation was about their thoughts, their feelings, what they are angry about, their poor aches and pains, what exciting things they are doing, how awesome and brilliant their children are. After 30 minutes you realize they didn’t ask one question about how you are doing or what’s new in your life!
Here is some preacher advice. Work to endure and bear with that person. . .but don’t be that person. Try to be the person who after they have chatted with you, they feel better out life, encouraged, and are in a better state of grace. In other words . . . Blessed!
In our Connected Bible study last week we read from Ephesians 4: 25-32. What an incredible passage. vs, 29 No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. vs,31-32 All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
Let tomorrow be a day when everyone you run into, . . the person pumping gas, your co-worker, your spouse or child, someone at the gym, .etc . . . will feel better for the time or moment together. And that as your cup runneth over, a little will spill on them. And that is a good thing! So “spill on” . . Church!