The words you say…

Blogging can be a dangerous thing.  As Jesus says “And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” (Matthew 12:36-37)

Words are dangerous.  They can be used to harm, twisted and misunderstood. So many problems in today’s world come from careless words thrown out in fear, anger or frustration.

As I’ve watched a war of words stretch across my monitor this week in response to the ‘Top 25 Faith Blogs by Moms’ at Circle of Moms I couldn’t help but wonder how this would have played out if everyone were gathered in a room in front of one another.   It has been estimated that 93% of communication between people does not happen through words, but rather through tone or voice and body language.  When we can’t see each other we cannot grasp the full meaning and the intent behind the words.  How would things be different if we were able to see and hear one another?

I am only one person.  One follower of Christ.  But this whole issue makes me sad. Watching Christians and Pagans fight and disagree with one another because of their differences is troubling as when I think about Christianity, the first thing I think of is how Jesus came and loved us, regardless.  When we look at the story of the Samaritan Woman, or of the Leper he healed, or the Roman Centurion we see examples of how Jesus moved into the world and accepted people beyond what was normal at the time.  He healed.  He taught.  He loved.  He lived.

While as Christians we may not believe what the Pagans believe, it is strongly suggested that we not judge.  Jesus states  “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.  (Matthew 7: 1-2)

When we judge others, we cast a light on ourselves and none of us is free from sin.  We all fall short of the glory of God and it is grace and forgiveness that sets us free.

Let’s act with Grace.  Let’s offer the light of Christ to those around us.  Let’s step out of fear and love our neighbors as we love ourselves.



11 responses to “The words you say…

  1. Pingback: The words you say… (via From Ministry to Motherhood) | Change is Never Ending

  2. Thank you for this post! So much more can be accomplished with kind words and tolerance than with hate. We don’t all have to agree on what faith we follow, but we should all be able to agree that courtesy and kindness reach more people than hurtful words.

    You’ll have my personal vote every day until this contest ends. Many blessings to you and yours.

    • I really appreciate you dropping by Mrs. B! I think we all have a lot more in common than we realize. How we treat people really reflects on who we are and what we believe and you are right, so much more can be accomplished with an open attitude and a kind heart.

      Thanks for your vote! I stopped by your website a few days ago and very much enjoyed your article on how to dry herbs. I’ve planted my own herb garden and hope to be able to dry them for the winter. Deepest blessings to you and your family.

  3. So true, so true. I agree with the words you have spoken here. It grieves me, as a christian, on what I have seen on my monitor as well. Thank you for putting your thoughts here.
    I just did a two part series on my blog on forgiveness. If you are interested feel free to stop by.

  4. This is a beautiful post and to the point. From a Wiccan to you, thank you. 🙂

  5. This is a beautiful and inspiring post! I left the Catholic church years ago due to political and religious differences and am now a practicing pagan. However, the bulk of my family remained with the Church; it does not mean that we do not love each other or have nothing in common. I count myself lucky that both they and I have found spiritual paths that suit our needs.

    You embody everything that is good and true about Christianity and remind me very much of my mother (this is the highest compliment I can give). I have been voting for your blog along with some of the pagan blogs and look forward to reading you in the future.

    P.S. Love, love the recipes you post!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words Shelly! They really touched me and I’m grateful my post was meaningful to you. As for saying I remind you of your mother, I think that is one of the nicest things that could be said about a person and I very much appreciate it! Thanks for your supportive words and I look forward to seeing you around here in the future!

      P.S. – I love food. I can’t help it. I’m grateful you like the recipes too! I find cooking a joy and am pleased to share some of my creations.

  6. From another Wiccan to a Christian, thank you. It is so relieving to know that there are still Christians out there who are willing to accept us for who we are as people rather than judge us by our religion alone and not by who we are as people. So thank you very much, it is very deeply appreciated. Brightest Blessings to you and yours!

    • Thanks for dropping by Heather! I am pleased you stopped by and saw the post! I am so glad you found it helpful. Deepest blessings to you too!

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