Posted by: peebles | April 11, 2012

Proverbs 6:2 to 6 (NIV) ~ If you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go and humble yourself; press your plea with your neighbor! Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids. Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

You can give offence without even realising it, but it becomes a matter of choice to take an offence. If we have to kick ourselves every time we put our foot in our mouths, we would all have a very sore behind! Words can be taken the wrong way, or even in the deliverance of them, can be interpreted in a different manner from the way they were intended to be said. The Bible says from our text for today, “If you have been trapped by what you have said, ensnared by the words of your mouth, then do this my son, to free yourself, go and humble yourself.” To say that you are sorry and mean it can be difficult for some people, because in their own mind they are never wrong. Pride and arrogance are a stumbling block for them. But if you have been trapped by what you have said, then free yourself, do not let it linger one minute longer, do not let it bite into the heart of another, and you be bound and ensnared. Allow no sleep to your eyes, go to whoever you have said something to and free yourself from the chains of unforgiveness. Jesus said it like this:  If you have offended someone, you should leave your gift at the Altar and first go to your brother or sister, and free yourself so you may worship God with a clear conscience. 

Someone once said to me, “Matthew, I wish it was as easy to stop hating as it was to start.” How true is that? It can be very easy to start hating someone, but very difficult to stop. Why live with the pain and hurt of an unforgiving heart? Once we release them from the being bound in unforgiveness, we then have to stop ourselves from being snared by those same chains whenever we see them again. To release someone is to free him or her from what once bound them up. True forgiveness is where you not only forgive, but you also make a choice to remember it no more. Then the obligation will be then on them rather than on you, for in the eyes of the Lord you have done the righteous thing.

My friend, so many relationships are destroyed by loose words and careless speech. The Bible says in Psalm 141:3 (NIV), “Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” There is an old adage that says something like this: better a fence at the top of the hill than an ambulance at the bottom. Let the word of God and His wisdom be a safeguard for your spirit and your life. If you have offended someone then, take the right approach and go humble yourself  and then you will be free like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


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