Do we ever give thought to the impact our words may have on others? We must be careful of how we respond to people, careful of criticism and judgments. It is not for us to decide or to try to reason why a person is going through the things that they go through.  What they go through may not have anything to do with what they have done or how they are living.  It could simply be, like Job, a test of their faith.  We get offended that others may think we have done something wrong to bring about our own trials (maybe we did), but for the most part, we go through so that God may strengthen us, build our character, grow our faith.  We will never know the reasons why things come upon us; lies, false accusations, criticisms, whatever it may be.  We have to choose if we are going to stand firm in our faith and trust God to see us through or if we are going to give up and give in to what is coming against us.  Be careful of your words; ask God for guidance when speaking to others, and stay prayerful when others come to you with concerns or questions about someone else so that you won’t fall prey to their judgment of others.

V.L.S.-“Through all of my faults, my failures, and my imperfections; God will cover me afresh.”

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