1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
Oyyyy, today’s pic speaks volumes, doesn’t it? I’ve been the person in that chair before and it’s not pleasant at all! But have there been times that you have been the person standing up doing the yelling? Speaking one’s mind is the thing to do these days. In today’s world, one is considered a coward if she doesn’t say what’s on her mind. This has gotten quite out of hand, actually; to the point of being a bully!
But what does God’s Word have to say about speaking our minds? I’m not talking about sharing your heart when there’s conflict. That’s not what I’m saying at all. We wives share our hearts with our husbands when we disagree with them. It’s all in the attitude, amen? You can speak sweetly and get your point across.
I’m talking about women who belt out their answers and not caring who they offend in the process. This is what today’s verse is trying to teach us. I have known women who blast out to their husbands in public – it’s so wrong in so many ways! It shows a lack of respect, it shows a lack of self control and it shows a heart that does not want to mature in Christ. 😦
Today’s verse is a good foundation to lay which will guard our mouths; actually, not just for us women but for any believer. 🙂 Picking it apart helps us to get to the meat of this verse:
- be ye all of one mind – equally yoked in Christ – filled with the Word and the wisdom it gives believers
- having compassion one of another – sometimes we don’t always agree – sometimes someone is going through hard times and reacts with unkind words – a new believer doesn’t have the spiritual growth that an older believer has
- ,be pitiful – be moved with compassion to the needs of others
- be courteous – ah yes, the final statement – be polite – be civil – be kind
As women and wives, we surely can speak our minds but in a manner that honors the Lord Jesus Christ. If we use today’s verse as a “rule of thumb,” we would prevent a lot of misunderstandings and hurt feelings. 🙂