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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Mar
28

Hot Air

John Tilton

Scripture
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I have become as sound brass or a clanging cymbal" (1 Corinthians 13:1)
Observation
It is so easy to say the right things and mean well, however, if the heart is not the source of what comes forth, then it is like my dad would say often, it's all hot air ... meaningless words that come forth and can often bring discomfort. Or the words can be boastful and bold yet just noise to people's ears because they know that the heart, credibility and intent are not behind the words stated. The words can be profound words quoted from great men or even like the sound angels. Yet, if we have malice in our hearts, our tongues cannot disguise the true heart behind our words. The word says that if we have ought against our brother, leave our offering at the alter first and go back first to extend grace and resolution.
Application
I've witnessed and experienced recently how people will intentionally and unintentionally hurt others or taint their character for their own desires. I've felt the hurt of being blindsided others. Yet, their words differed from what I knew was in their heart and on their mind. Then I thought, how often am I guilty of the same. I know what is right, yet I fall into the same mindset of saying what I think is right or expected yet feeling bitterness within ... all hot air. Yet, how do you love when you are being hurt or wrongfully judged? Perhaps let the hot air turn to a cool wind of integrity trusting that God sees and will either teach me a great lesson or wrong the right.

Then I can have a little peace and patience to check my heart and process through the bitterness. Perhaps then I can trust that God knows and others hopefully would see me for who I hope to be ... a man of God in spite of the people factor.
Prayer
Lord, let me mouth represent my heart and my soul. When I am wrongfully judged or offended, may I remember your word so that I will not be guilty of spewing hot air that only fans the heat rather then cooling the fire. May I trust in your intervention or lesson learnt.

Devotions for March 28

Judges 4,5
Psalm 39,41
1 Corinthians 13

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