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Cheap shots

Do not slander a servant to their master,
or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.
Proverbs 30:10

As children of God we must take responsibility for our actions, good or bad, and for everything that comes out of our lips, be it blessings or curses. One area of our life that requires our attention is the way we verbally express our thoughts. Oftentimes we say something that we have to regret later having failed to control our speech. That is very natural for human beings, but being natural does not necessarily mean it’s good. We must not allow emotions to control our lives. I’m not saying we should suppress all emotions because that would lead us to mental illness, but we must let our emotions be controlled by the Holy Spirit. One thing to watch closely is when we say something in jest. As God’s children we can enjoy humor and laughter but by no means we should allow that humor to be used as a weapon to harm others. Many times it is quite easy to say something funny related to the physical appearance or a genetic deformity of someone present. It is possible that what we say is funny but the person referred to in the joke will feel attacked and that will become a source of pain, hatred and bitterness, because the joke will be immediately interpreted as a low blow.

The best course of action, then, is to take care at all times, especially when we are speaking in jest, of not referring to the physical aspect of anybody, present or not. Let’s forget the jokes about fatness, being skinny, baldness, short people, tall people, hairy people, the pot-bellied, the emaciated or any other physical appearance that deviates from what the culture considers “normal.” There are many other subjects that we can use to say something really funny without giving way to our natural tendency to take cheap shots at others. We’ll do better by following the instructions given by the Apostle Paul to the Ephesians, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Let us take care, then, of what comes out of our lips. Only to God be the glory!

Today’s word 3-17-2011

A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
Proverbs 17:2

There are servants who behave like real children and children who behave like common servants. That’s the way it always has been. I’m sure that in Pharaoh’s royal family there had always been people with royal blood and succession rights who could have taken responsibility for the management of the finances, commerce and trade of the world power that Egypt was. However, Pharaoh, noticing the wisdom and successful business acumen that a young servant, foreigner and convict named Joseph has shown, appointed him prime minister with authority over all his kingdom. In these postmodern times is very common to see children who have lost respect for their parents and in general have lost respect for any authority. They want to live in freedom, that is, as they understand it, in debauchery. They ignore every precept of submission and respect for their parents and make disobedience and scorn a lifestyle. Likewise, there are children of God who sometimes behave like enemy’s children; acting in a way that we know does not please God.

We must behave as the apostle John pointed out when he wrote: “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” God gave us understanding to know who his image is before us. Our Lord Jesus Christ, all man and all God, true God and eternal life, is the perfect model of a true son. Let us walk, then, in his footsteps and act like the true children of God we have been made and not as the mere servants we used to be. To God alone be the glory!