I don’t really ever get truly angry or upset about much.
But there is one thing that has always made me angry since I was young.
When a person makes fun of another person, or puts them down, or teases them, or calls them names out of anger, or…
… what I’ve been seeing lately…
When people make lists of other people that believe a certain thing — like who they voted for — so they know not to support that person. 🤯
If that doesn’t make you stop and think I don’t know what will.
Why does anyone think they have a right to treat someone differently because of a difference of opinion?
I don’t care what you believe or how you live your life so long as you are kind, loving, thoughtful and respectful towards others.
And even if you aren’t, I’m still going to love you either way.
I remember as a young girl (in fact the only times I really remember getting angry when I was little) was hearing people shame other people, or call names, or hurt them intentionally with their words.
And even though it made me angry I realized when I was older that I wasn’t always very kind with my words, and I didn’t always treat people very well, and I didn’t even see it at the time. It’s funny how God does that, the very thing that angered me was something I needed to work on in my own life.
I think that we have the power to see and treat people however we choose to regardless or their behavior.
And even if I were to think that someone else acts a certain way, and I never even say the words out loud, subconsciously I begin to believe that they are how I think they are — when in fact they might not be at all.
And even more so when you say the words out loud to someone else — even if who you’re talking about never hears them. The energy is still there.
We never ever know what someone else is going through.
How many times have you been having a crappy day and someone asks how you’re doing and you give them the ol’ “I’m good! How are you?” When you’re actually barely hanging on?
And why is that? Is it because we’re afraid of being judged, made fun of, or shamed? Afraid our feelings won’t be validated and will merely be cast aside?
Why is it that it’s so hard to just love others despite our differences? To simply agree to disagree? Or to dig deeper and try to hear them out — no matter how much you may disagree with them.
I think that’s the power of Godly love vs worldly love.
When you rest in God’s love he’s able to change your heart in a way that you are able to see people the way he does. To love them exactly how they are and not expect them to change or be a certain way to be in your presence.
Our words are powerful.
They have the power to damage, destroy, tear down, shame and cause fear.
Our words are powerful.
They have the power to uplift, unite, strengthen, to make someone feel seen, loved and safe.
And we need to look beyond just our words because our words come from our thoughts and our thoughts come from our heart.
Luke 6:45 says “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”