Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:29-32
There is something we must not give attention to, it is any opportunity to exchange words with your fellow human beings. St. Peter cautions thus, “Who among you delights in life, longs for time to enjoy prosperity? Guard your tongues from evil, your lips from any breath of deceit, turn away from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it.” (1 Peter 3:10-11) (NJB). Today, the Lord draws our attention to some important issues concerning the act of quarrelling. Any time quarrel ensues, both parties have given Satan opportunity over their minds and tongues. He uses the tongues that have made themselves willing tools to pronounce curses during quarrel, and these are immediately picked up by Satan and used for evil against the person quarrelling. A sister narrated how she engaged in a quarrel and how her opponent cursed her with childlessness. She said to her, “You will not hear the cry of a baby in your home.” Most times as people engage in quarrels, all kinds of abusive words are heard. These abusive words or curses do not speak well of us as children of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ says, “Blessed are the peacemakers; they shall be recognized as children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) Peacemakers have been reconciled to God. They have peace with Him through the Cross (Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:14-16). They now strive by their own witness and by their lives to bring others, including their enemies, to peace with God. Quarreling brings about an opportunity to use our tongue for curses instead of blessings; it breeds evil wishes and leaves us in a state of hate. More worrisome is the evil wishes that exist especially when two believers who share the same business space and most likely trade the same kind of business subtly engage in quarrelling.
Beloved, what’s your situation as regards quarrelling, malice and hateful feelings? Are you in good terms with your neighbours? God speaks to us today in Ephesians 4:29 thus: “Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that builds up and provides what is needed, so what you say will do good to those who hear them.” Ghandi admonishes us: “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”
MASS: VIOLET Hos 6: 1-6; Ps 51: 3-4. 18-19. 20-21ab (R.Hos 6:6); Accl. Ps 95:7d.8a; Lk 18: 9-14 LENTEN WEEKDAY.
Be merciful to me O Lord, for the number of times I have engaged in quarrel.
You spirit of anger, malice and hate, I decree by the power in the name of Jesus Christ, that you have no part in me anymore.