“We need to be freed from the oppressive judgements or expectations of others that limit our ability to hear and respond to Godâ€™s voice for us.” Gordon Smith
Sometimes it is the voices of others that keep us from hearing God clearly. Did you ever think that your voice could actually drown out Godâ€™s direction in someoneâ€™s life, or that others could hamper our ability to hear God?
It is a scary thought to consider, isnâ€™t it? We have a much greater responsibility towards fellow travelers on this Kingdom path thanÂ we are usually willing to concede. But in those quiet moments when we think back to the words we have spoken that day, we can be honest with ourselves.
Many times our words do not draw people closer to Godâ€™s heart and thus His will for their lives. In those moments, our words are spoken for selfish or thoughtless reasons rather than selfless reasons.
A friend might be trying to pick between a job in town or one half a continent away. As they are seeking Godâ€™s will, and turn to us for input, we could easily share from our selfish desires to see them stay close by rather than our desires for Godâ€™s will to be done in their lives. Our words could have a huge impact on the next phase of their life.
What words did you speak today? Did any impact the decisions of others? If so, was your impact Kingdom-focused or YOU-focused?