I am linking up for Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "slow". I love spending time with this crew. They bless me beyond words. We'd love to have you join us. Just hop onto Twitter on Thursday evenings and follow the #fmfparty. Hope to see you there!
I have been watching intently. So much hatred and ugly words being flung in the world. I have been saddened by the words I have seen hurled at others. I am reminded of our text from Sunday when Jesus tells us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Now I know that is so much easier said than done, but it is our calling as God's beloved people in the world. It is counter-cultural so to be able to even try to do this we must pray.
I find myself trying to be so careful with the words I say. I want to be slow to anger so I slowly think about the words that I share with the world. I want to listen to all sides. I want to be open to all sides of the story. I carefully pray for God to give me the words I need to show the world that all of God's people are loved and deserve respect.
In the Small Catechism, in the definition to the 8th commandment, we are to interpret our neighbors actions in the best possible light. I know that is almost impossible to do, but what if we were slow to speak and slow to anger and instead were abiding in steadfast love for all God's people? I know we aren't perfect and never will be, but its a start. We need to think about what we say. We must try our best to be slow to speak and slow to anger. Anger doesn't get us anywhere does it?