Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Things You Shouldn't Have Said

The prophet Isaiah had a vision of God on His throne in heaven. Immediately Isaiah said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (Isaiah 6:1, 5).

Isaiah was one of the greatest Old Testament prophets, so what did he say that was so bad? It probably wasn’t filthy words, but he was ashamed of the words he shouldn’t have said. Perhaps he had lost his temper and called someone an idiot. Maybe he belittled someone in private, but now he was ashamed because He knew that God had heard it.

Have you ever said something that you wish you hadn’t said? We all have. You cannot recall those words, but you can apologize to the person you hurt. You would be amazed at how humbling yourself and asking forgiveness can heal and repair a relationship. If you’ve ever made fun of, or unjustly criticized someone, it helps to realize that person was created by God. John reminds us, “The one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20).

An angel touched Isaiah’s mouth with a burning coal and said, “Your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven” (Isaiah 6:6). The Lord will also forgive you for the words you wish you hadn’t said—if you will ask Him. And don’t forgot to apologize to the person you harmed.
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