I know. I know. It’s not Monday yet. Don’t worry I’m not sharing another verse. But I did have something to share about the two verses we have memorized thus far and it really would have made for a lengthy post on Monday, so I’m here with an extra.
The last two weeks our verses have been focused on our speech and our attitudes. Both verses have instructed us on what not to do. The first specifically states not to speak words that are corrupting and the second infers that we are not to complain as we do all things. What struck me is that in each the Lord has shown us why we shouldn’t be doing these things. As our Father, He gives us instruction and at the same time shows us how to better parent. When you were young, I’m sure you were probably told not to do something and you asked why not. The response you received back on occasion was ‘because I said so.’ You’ve probably said those words yourself. How much more effective it is if when we receive instruction we understand the whys behind it! Our Father could have just said through Paul, “Let no corrupting talk come from your mouths” or “ Do all things without complaining or disputing.” But He chose not to stop there. It really would have been enough. He is Lord. He said it. We’re to obey. But He wants us to know why. He wants us to know that He says not to do things for our own good not just because He said so. He wants us to know the whys because He loves us and wants what’s best for our lives. And what’s best often contains a don’t or a no.
Let’s take a quick look at our verses. Why shouldn’t we use what Paul termed ‘corrupting talk’? It doesn’t build others up. It doesn’t bring grace to those who hear them. Sometimes in anger or selfishness we would like to speak what is on our mind or should I say what’s in our hearts. But those words would affect our relationships for the worse. Who really wants to do that? In obeying the “negative” command, change comes to our hearts and we become more like Christ and our relationships prosper.
What about our verse from Philippians? Why shouldn’t we complain about the things we’re called to do? It blemishes our witness in the world. How can we bring glory to our Lord when we behave as those of this world do? He wants us to bring Him glory and has instilled that desire within us. He’s telling us what not to do so that we can glorify Him.
When I think that not speaking corrupting words will prosper my relationships and not complaining will cause me to shine like a light and glorify our Father, I want to run in the way of His commands. How about you? When I see the manner in which my heavenly Father instructs me by showing me why He’s commanding me to do what He says, it causes me to see how He desires we instruct or disciple the children in our lives. He wants us to help them understand the whys that come from a loving Father so they too will run in the way of His commands. And that we can do only as we abide in Him. See you Monday!