Stolen from Darla’s site (thanks, Princess)…
Today…one of my problem little boys, soon to be my best buddy! (LOL he doesn’t know it yet) decided today that he can’t sit next to a girl, although that is the last place I have for him since every seat has a problem. He approached me and said…”I just can’t..she is evil…and I think she bites”
Isn’t that hilarious?
One of my guys, when he was learning to talk, would call scary people “bite people.” I wasn’t really sure what he was saying, possibly “bad people” …?… but he was insistent about what he meant. Only as he grew older was he able to explain to me that he was afraid bad people would always bite. The strange thing about it, I can’t remember a time he was ever bitten. I was extremely careful about the things he saw — Sesame Street, Barney, Thomas the Tank Engine — not much biting happening there. But he just knew people could be scary and they might bite.
Both of these little guys have understood the very nature of man.
For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law can be summed up in a single commandment, namely, “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” However, if you continually bite and devour one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another. But I say, live by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh. ~Galatians 5:13-16
As Christians we have this problem. We speak without knowledge too often. We hurt one another with our words, hoping to “make a point.” I’ve recently done this to someone near and dear to my heart. It’s ugly and it’s not from Him.
Grace, mercy, forgiveness, kindness, gentleness, self-control…these are the things we’ve been called to do in His name. To love one another.
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. ~James 1:19
But the fruit of the Spiritis love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ~Galatians 5:23
If you’ve “bitten” someone recently…make it right…ask for forgiveness…get things settled. You’ll feel much better. It’s part of the ministry of reconciliation.