So Uncle Joe (or Aunt Martha or Cousin Peter) won’t be invited to the holiday party this year because of what they said about us at the last one.
I felt justified in such decisions until I read the following verses.
Ecclesiastes 7:21-23 -Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: for oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others (KJV).
And if you think the King James Version is a little foggy, try The Message on for size.
Ecclesiastes 7:21-23 -Don’t eavesdrop on the conversation of others. What if the gossip’s about you and you’d rather not hear it? You’ve done that a few times, haven’t you—said things behind someone’s back you wouldn’t say to his face (MSG)?
I guess I have some forgiving and inviting to do. How about you?
Prayer: Father God, we are just as guilty as the other guy. Sort out the differences between us and help us make amends. In Christ’s name. Amen.