“OH MY GOSH! Can you believe how that girl is dressed?! And at church no less! Why, she looks like a hooker, straight off the corner, right out of the hood! What kind of lady would wear an outfit like that to The Lord’s house?! Not to mention, I had a conversation with her last week, of course I was trying to be a good christian, and welcome her into the fold; but mercy! She’s so annoying! And talk about needy! Why I’ve never heard such! Anyway, y’all pray for her. She is a mess!”
Listen to what I’m about to say. Take it in. Remember it. Then put it into action! The words we say can, and do, affect other’s opinions of people! We either speak life or death, blessings or curses. There’s power in our words! Be careful what you say, and to whom.
Listen, as Christian brothers and sisters, we’re required to call each other out gently, and in love, if we see each other sinning. What I’m referring to is when we encounter people who might not be as spiritually mature, or as far along in their walks as we are, or possibly not saved at all, and we bash them because their behavior might not meet our standards. That person just might be the one God intends to use to preach His word, or to teach a class, or to witness to the broken person who’s been where they have. Would you want to be responsible for causing others not to like them, or for them leaving church because they felt unwanted? I know I sure don’t, and if I think really hard I’d probably find myself guilty of this very thing. I’m ashamed to say that, I know for a fact, I’ve allowed other peoples words to impact my opinion of another person.
This is especially wrong for those in leadership. Jesus was always harder on those who were “in the know”, like the Scribes and Pharisees. Those who were weaker in faith were the ones Jesus showed the most mercy. That’s the example we’re supposed to follow. Look, if we can’t tolerate someone, who might be annoying to us, for a few hours or even a few days, we need to examine ourselves! Since when is it about us?! Since when did we get so high and mighty that we’re supposed to be comfortable every single minute of our lives?! We’re called to love, welcome, and help those who are weaker in faith *Romans 14:1.
I know there will always be people with whom we have to set boundaries. That’s not what I’m talking about. We just really need to be careful with our words, especially when dealing with the unsaved, or baby Christians. The Holy Spirit will take care of all the crazy things they may do or say. He’s definitely shown me a lot of mercy in my walk!
Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. Matthew 7:1-2