Bite No More!

mouth“But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” (Galatians 5:15 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) 

My daughter, Shana, was a toddler when she started the terrible habit of biting.  When I was scheduled to play the organ in church, she had to go to the nursery. The scene would become ridiculous and funny at the same time. The other children would be playing and as soon as our beautiful darling appeared they began running away. They were terrorized by her. She would bite everybody. Breaking her of the habit was not easy. But, 40+ years later she doesn’t bite anymore! In fact, she is a mother and holds a Master degree in nursing.

I said all of that to say this.  Your mouth is a lethal weapon when not used properly. It is a concealed weapon that results in either life or death when you speak. Watch your mouth!  

Perhaps you’ve heard people who brag about giving someone a “tongue-lashing”.  The Galatians were dealing with continual altercations among them. Their tempers were flaring and unkind words were being said.  In our devotional verse, Paul is trying to help the situation. He said they were acting like beasts and unhappy until others were devoured.

This behavior is unacceptable among the Children of God. It is destructive behavior that needs to be corrected by walking in the Spirit (See Galatians 5:16). 

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the instruction You give from Your Word. Help me lift up my brothers and sisters in the Lord and not tear them down.

 

Devotion by Kaye Singleton

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