Grieving Him

My closest Companion,

I would never want to hurt You


My beautiful Encourager,

I don’t want to grieve Your heart


And it hurts to think that I could do that


And yet I do


With my words


My words to people

or about people

Unneeded words



Harsh words



Quick to speak

slow to listen


They are all the opposite

of worshipful


They do not bring You honor

or glory

or joy


Their root is self

and sin


And so, my closest Companion,

my precious Holy Spirit,

I seek to worship You

with my words


I choose to bless

and not curse

those who have been made in Your image


I choose to say no

to gossip

and slander


I choose to express gratefulness

and not complaints


I choose to say what is helpful

for building others up


I choose

to choose

my words carefully


For You, Holy Spirit,

dwell in me


And the last thing I want to do

is grieve my God,

my Gift


– Susie Stewart


Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

– Ephesians 4:29, 30 (NIV)


Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.

Don’t grieve God. Don’t break His heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for Himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.

– Ephesians 4:29,30 (MSG)


With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

– James 3:9, 10 (NIV)  


With the gift of words, we bless God and then turn around and curse husbands, children, and others created in God’s image.  This is serious – because when we curse others, we are in effect cursing God and obliterating the previous act of blessing…..When James used the word curse, it meant much more than cursing and swearing.  Unkind words about a neighbor, child, husband, or anyone who is made in the image of God count as curses.

– Linda Dillow


So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

– 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)


Photo by Andy Stewart


Blessing for Curses

Retaliation is human,

for wrongs committed


Cursing the offender,

is the usual way


Wishing harm to your enemies,

is so typical


But what is not


is Your way, Jesus


Returning an offense

with a blessing



with a prayer



with a peaceful demeanor




Not with the Holy Spirit

pouring love and blessing

into you

so that you

in turn

can pour out blessing on people


Being offended

is a choice you make


– Susie Stewart



Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,”
says the Lord.

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
burning coals of shame on their heads.”

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

– Romans 12:14-21 (NLT)


Photo by Susie Stewart