Monday, April 28, 2014

{Happy Monday} Commendable Conversation


Do you enjoy the book "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen?  It is one of my favorites!  But, while many people are drawn to Elizabeth and D'Arcy, I always find my attention caught by Jane.  Especially because of the little portrait of her character Elizabeth paints toward the beginning of the book...

"Oh! you are a great deal too apt, you know, to like people in general. You never see a fault in anybody. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. I never heard you speak ill of a human being in your life."

"I would not wish to be hasty in censuring anyone; but I always speak what I think."

"I know you do; and it is that which makes the wonder. With your good sense, to be so honestly blind to the follies and nonsense of others! Affectation of candour is common enough—one meets with it everywhere. But to be candid without ostentation or design—to take the good of everybody's character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad—belongs to you alone. "

 (Elizabeth to Jane; Ch. 4)

Isn't that a lovely picture?  Think through the past week.  Did you bring up someone else's "follies or nonsense" and laugh about it?  How would they have felt if they had heard you? Was the tone of your voice ever accusing, without having all the information?  Did someone wrong you and you made sure that others knew it, with perhaps a little exaggeration mixed in?  Were you, during those times, governing your speech with the love of God?  Were you loving others as Christ loved us?

I ran across a verse in my reading last week that I wrote down so I wouldn't forget it...
"Where there is no wood, the fire goeth out.  So where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases."  Proverbs 26:20

I was appalled to realize how often I have fanned into flame a spark of distrust or dislike for another by the way I commented on their words or behavior.  How would I like to be treated that way?  Wouldn't I rather that someone extended me grace?  Let's do that for others this week!

May God bless you as you Plan to be a Blessing!

--ooOoo--

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1 comment:

Shirlee said...

A beautiful post my friend : )