What I Wanted to Say – A 2MefromHim Devotional

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What I Wanted to Say – A 2MefromHim Devotional

What I wanted to say would be straightforward and leave no doubt of my feelings. It would hurt the other person the way they hurt me, but God says negative words reveal the wrong attitudes in my heart. 



2MefromHim Devotionals

What I Wanted to Say

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45

What I Wanted to Say scripture

What I wanted to say was not what I said. It was the right thing to do. I kept my mouth shut, determined to wait on the Lord. The day went well, in spite of negative emotions roiling around my heart and mind.

Time spent in God’s word and the prayers of friends set me on the course of love and peace. My day began rocked with inner turmoil, but ended cradled in arms of peace. Thanks to the Holy Spirit, I succeeded in something impossible to accomplish on my own. I left my friend with a smile. And my heart smiled too. I laid a foundation for future conversations.

I often fail in difficult situations, speaking my words rather than the Lord’s. My emotion prevents God’s love flowing through me. This was different. The joy of the Lord filled my heart though my agenda remained unfulfilled.

I was in a position of influence with the power to destroy or save. Irreparable damage would have occurred had I spoken my heart, rendering future communication impossible. To follow through on my desires would have forever destroyed that position.

Scripture offers multiple warnings against actions on our motives to do what we want to do. From Old Testament to New, the Lord warns us about the power of our words. They wound, heal, destroy or testify, lift up or tear down.

What I Wanted to Say

When my heart is full of anger and self, I will regret my words later. As it says in James 3, “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” Only God can control my tongue and the emotions that drive it. Only God can put a bit in my mouth and lead me where He wants me to go.

When faced with a struggle of destroying or uplifting, choose to either uplift or withdraw. The Lord will change my heart, remove my anger, and enable me to speak in love rather than saying what I want. God will deal with the hard stuff in His time and His way, if I bow to His control.

© Copyright by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman, February 16, 2018

Norma Gail authorAbout the author:

Norma Gail’s debut contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, won the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Historical Writers of America, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 41 years. They have two adult children. If you’re interested in connecting with her, you’re to follow her blog, or join her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, or Amazon.

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