You don't have to worry about how you'll handle those who hate you or speak against you, God's got that under control. God hears everything that people are saying against you and your family. God hears it all and we should aim to do what God called us to do as he fights EVERY one of our battles.
God loves and cares for each and everyone of His children and he knows how to handle every hater from the past, present and future. Additionally we have to be careful regarding the words we say about others because God hears what we say also. Although at times we say things that are not acceptable and receive God’s forgiveness, our actions produce consequences we will eventually have to face.
We have to be careful not to allow words to come out of our mouths that discredit, disrespect, and demean individuals God put in authority over us. Just because other people talk about or talk down about person, doesn't give us the right to co-sign on their statements.
One might not enjoy the authority’s rule or method, but if God put the individual in position to lead, guide, and direct we are commanded to submit to God-honoring authority. It is vital to ask God for wisdom regarding the authorities you have been placed under, seek God’s direction regarding God-honoring authorities in prayer, Bible study and consulting with a God-honoring Teacher or Pastor.
In scripture we read about the case of Miriam and Aaron, they didn’t watch their mouths when they murmured against their brother Moses, God’s chosen leader for the Israelites because of his wife. (We have to watch our mouth as it relates to siblings, family and in-laws too!)
When they spoke against their brother, the LORD heard it and called Moses, Aaron and Miriam to the Tabernacle. The LORD came down personally in a pillar of cloud and stood at the doorway of the tabernacle and called forward Aaron and Miriam. God corrected and disciplined them for their words against Moses’ leadership appointed by God, his relationship with God and his anointing from God.
God’s anger was kindled against Aaron and Miriam because their actions and words represented the nature of their heart towards Moses. As a result Miriam was leprous and confined outside of the camp for seven days. Additionally, Aaron pleaded with Moses for forgiveness and the Israelites could not move forward until Miriam was declared ceremonially clean.
Miriam and Aaron, like so many of us, did not watch their mouths and experienced the consequences associated with it. Our words not only affect our circumstances, they affect those around us. It is of extreme importance to genuinely speak words that edify, encourage, and respect others.
We must keep our hearts aligned with what is acceptable in God’s sight and guard our mouths continuously. This is also encouragement to you as you continue walking according to God’s will, word and way that when people speak against you, God will deal with them because He is our divine and righteous vindicator. Keep your head held high and walk in your purpose.
Check your heart and watch your mouth!
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Peace & God Bless,
Dr. Kennetra A. Bryant
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