First a quick review on a scripture verse which I have already shared:
Proverbs 15:1 (Holy Bible New International Version):
“A gentle answer turns away anger but a harsh word stirs up wrath.”
In my self-indulgent foolishness last week, I had completely forgotten this little gem of a verse and allowed myself to become so angry to the point of being very harsh. I did not realize my own harshness until sometime later. But it was too late, my very strong words came out and no doubt.stirred up anger in others!! I was so shocked and dismayed at myself when I realized it. Talk about really messing up!! I did what I could to retract those terrible words and set things right. So as I pondered this for days and asked God for his forgiveness and to help me to not behave that way again, I was then reminded of this little jewel of wisdom which God meant for me to plant and keep in my mind and heart. How could I so soon forget what he was teaching me?
Well, then praying and pondering over my own forgetfulness, I was led to another verse which showed I needed to do better at committing these verses to my memory and my heart by living them out in my life:
James 1:22-24 (Holy Bible New International Version):
“Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”
And that is exactly what I did, I read God’s word, walked away and completely forgot what he just said. By his grace and with his help, I will commit myself to remembering what he has already taught me.