Have you ever seen an impossible situation turn into a blessing
My neighbor’s dogs have been barking up a storm for several years now. We have talked and talked to them about it, even helped in paying for a dog-barking collar which was chewed up in no time. I must confess, I did yell at the dogs and at times sprayed them with water…all to no avail
The whole thing ended up in mediation court. I must say, though, that in the meantime I constantly blessed and prayed for the neighbors, sometimes with clenched teeth, but I did it anyway. One day it all came to a head and the neighbors lost it. They cussed and chewed me out royally for yelling at their dogs. I must say…it was not like me at all to not respond, but did it anyway. My husband decided I was not ever to yell at the dogs again. Believe it or not, I minded and felt great about my submission to him. Miracles never cease!
The day came when we faced the neighbors in court. They had all kinds of untrue and ridiculous accusations, but we did not flinch. When it was our turn we shared how difficult it is for me to listen to the constant yapping of the dogs, day and night. I apologized for yelling. I told her also how I liked their sons and that they had done a fabulous job raising them. I could see something change in them.
“I am sorry for cussing at you,” she responded. Wow, who would expect that from her?
My husband turned to the man and said, “We want to be your friends, how can we facilitate that?”
God was doing an incredible work of grace in the situation and we felt He had “something up His sleeve.” The neighbors began to soften and we ended up talking friendly to each other and even exchanging phone numbers. Needless to say, the mediators were blown away with the outcome, as were we.
God always asks us to do the opposite of what the world does. This experience is an example. “A soft answer turns away wrath. But a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
In the natural we feel we need to bite back, but God says, “You have heard that it has been said, you shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.” Mathew 5:43, 44
As I just looked out the window I saw the neighbor and his son taking welding lessons from my husband. How cool is that?
The power of the mouth brings life and death. Let’s choose life and use our mouths to glorify Him forevermore. Hallelujah!
I hear Jesus say, “I created you as an instrument to bless people and give them life. When your heart is pure, your words will be pure. Let Me rid you of all your frailties and fill you with My Spirit to bless people all around you and bring them to Me with your tender words of love.”