I've been really rude to my kids lately. My tongue has always gotten me into trouble, but lately I've noticed a slew of nagging remarks coming out of my mouth, none of which is uplifting or encouraging. As soon as I rudely address the issue at hand, like the messy room, the lack of "kindly" sharing, the rude words to each other, I notice the countenance drop, and the anger rise. Honestly, I'd get angry too if my mom was nagging me like that (and for the record, I don't ever remember my mom nagging me the way I nag my children).
Truly, I'm stirring up anger in my children. How wrong is that? It's wrong. I have these precious little creatures before me, learning from me (and oh baby, do they learn from me--do I ever say anything nice?) And here I am teaching them that God says to "be kind," and that it's a sin to be angry.
James 3:10 says, "Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so." period.
So, all you sweet mommas out there. I venture to say some of you struggle with the same thing. So how are we gonna speak to our little blessings today?
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8,
"Love is patient, love is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails."
|how could anyone be rude to these sweet chickadees?|