88. What's the Poison Inside of You?
Long, long ago, we were on an extended trip, this time to Luxor, Egypt. Rain was falling; the first time in 7 years onto a desert. Both exhausted, we sat down to eat. I looked up as I noted movement. It was a huge tarantula, right above my head! Poison! We quickly left.
Aside being bitten by a tarantula from the story I shared, poison also occurs through our words or actions. All of us have it. None of us want to admit to having any. Bitterness is an example of a powerful poison inside many of us. Offence is another one. Been offended? All of us have. It doesn't dilute the poison. What about resentment? Have you been resentful towards someone? What about hostile behavior; has this happened to you through someone or to someone or something? What about grumbling, lack of gratitude or complaining, especially to your family or loved ones? I am so guilty of those all. How about you? Awareness of these destructive actions are the first step to healing.
How can you stop the process of destruction by your own actions? The first step is your awareness of it. The second one is harder, taking accountability; absolute and full responsibility for all of it. Accountability means being able to acknowledge your own wrongdoing. The third step will be a life-long one. It is focusing on fruits of the spirit. What are fruits of the spirit? Galatians list them as joy, peace, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The ones you feed out of the fruits of the spirit will provide life-giving substance. Now you have a choice to make, for our tongues will produce either life-giving or life-taking words. Ephesians 4:29, 31 states "let no corrupt word proceed our of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to your hearers. ...Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice." Verse 32 concludes "and be kind to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." This allows the tarantula mentioned to flee from you!
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