As a mother, sometimes I feel like a broken record.
“Please put your stuff where it belongs.”
“Use your nice words please.”
“Where are your shoes?”
I often wonder if anything I say is sinking in. Then God gives me those moments where I hear one of my daughters say to another exactly what I would have said to them.
Just last week, I overheard my middle daughter say to my youngest, “Remember what mommy says, ‘If it isn’t true, don’t say it.’ ” It seems simple enough but there are plenty of adults that struggle as well with this concept. It’s not always about telling lies though. One of the areas that continues to be a battle for my kids is in the use of absolute words. “She always takes my stuff without asking.” Is it really always? Or maybe it’s just sometimes? Or a few times? “She never lets me have the front seat!” Well, last week she did, so that’s not the case. I remind them that the choice of our words is important. While their words are not meant to be hurtful, they are in fact, untrue. If it isn’t true, don’t say it.
Since we have been working on replacing absolute words with ones that are more accurate, I have noticed them more and more in scripture.
Recently we were reading 2 Corinthians 13:7 in the NIV. We talked about all the characteristics of love and that’s when I saw it!
“Love ALWAYS trust, ALWAYS hopes, ALWAYS perseveres. Love NEVER fails.” Often I look at different versions of the Bible to see how the language changes. Each version I looked up had different wording but still those amazing absolutes. The New Living Translation says, “Love NEVER gives up, NEVER loses faith, is ALWAYS hopeful, and endures through EVERY circumstance.” The English Standard Version says, “Love bears ALL things, believes ALL things, hopes ALL things, and endures ALL things.”
So many absolutes! And since God is Love, you can just replace the word “love” with God!
That means that our God NEVER gives up on us, endures through ALL circumstances with us, bears ALL things for us, and NEVER fails!
Such amazing promises of truth!
My prayer is that our love for one another would be a reflection of those words.