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Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

It is always difficult to admit when we have a fault and humble pie doesn't always have a sweet taste, but it is necessary to eat it from time to time. Part of the journey of my walk with Christ is the realization of my failings and I have come to that time of discovery. I have a sharp tongue!! There it is, and it kills me to realize it (because I didn't know it) and then to confront it is really tough, but very important. This tongue has caused a wedge in between me and family members and it should not be. Repentance, confession, and walking in the light of Jesus has taken place and Jesus has pulled me out of this pit with a new way of thinking and talking and I praise God for it. Reconciliation has occurred and all is well. The above scripture has some strong words about this very subject and I found out I fall into the "harsh words" category. Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus and said" get rid of it." Nuff said!!

There are a few people who have felt the result of these harsh words and that is where reconciliation comes into play. The grace of God and the blood of Jesus covers me and all my sins, and 1 John 1:9 puts me in a place of this reconciliation I desire and because of Jesus I walk out of this into a new way of thinking, a new way of walking, and a new way of talking. This is real life here folks and our God intervenes in ways we cannot understand and ways we don't desere, but yet, He does it anyway. This is the kind of God we serve and because of His great love for us, we can love in that same way. So my prayer is "Lord change me into who you want and use me for your glory." So if in your walk with God you have some things that need to change, just surrender, and God will bring you right out of it with clarity and purpose for His will. Earlier in this chapter in Ephesians Paul challenges this group of believers to live as "chidren of light." Part of the change that needed to take place was the verses in 31 and 32.

Any pilgrimage will have it's "wonder" moment and part of the steps of growth is to 'wonder" what else God wants from my life. Here is mine, and in being totally honest about it, I thank God for it. 2 Corinthians 4:7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. The power to live and walk in this pilgrimage has to come from God and to Him be all glory forever.

The Pilgrimage continues....

David Warren

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