Christian Fellowship Church Of Largo
Mary Mayko is Christian Fellowship's Adult Sunday School Teacher, Church Elder and one of our counselors. Mary also has the pulpit one Tuesday night a month to deliver Gods Word. She has penned inspirational poetry and writings for over 30 years.
“WORDS THAT WOUND!”
Mary Mayko 1982
“A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
Hateful words can really wound a heart and leave deep scars that are not easily forgiven! The brain itself quivers as unkind or untrue words are hurled at a person! When you are under a verbal attack, it often stuns one into silence, without a single reply or an answer able to form in your mind! Most of us have faced such a tirade at some time in our lives!
Thank God for His precious Holy Spirit who abides within us! He intercedes for us when we are at a loss for words! He can calm our mind and grant wisdom if we should keep silent for a time or speak up! It still amazes me how the LORD brings a verse to us that can help us quietly reply or even bring peace to the other party! The ability to reply in a soft gracious voice is a blessing indeed! I wish I could say I always answer in that way, but more times than I like to remember, I sometimes answer with a retort, often getting myself in more trouble than tranquility!
While some people release hurts and forgive easily, some are so wounded by mean words they carry the pain for years! Some simple image or word can stir up memories that continue to nag at them long after the one who said something has forgotten them! Some one once told me “do not let any hurtful past, poison your mind in the present!” Good advice, Godly advice! I had a person I needed to forgive, but they had died years ago. In the natural, what they said would not be forgivable! But I am a Christian! The Bible tells me I must forgive!
One day I read the LORD’S Prayer in Matt. 6:9-13. Then I read the verses following the “amen!” “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” Matt.6:14-15 NASB. O MY! I was in big trouble! Okay LORD! I want to forgive, but how?
One day at church, I was finally able to let go of that past hurt! It takes time and prayer but God is faithful! He knows our heart! I was determined the past was not going to control my present or my future! Thank God He hears the cry of our heart! He sees all that happens to us and He is the Healer who touches our heart with His healing balm! Amazingly, when we give Him our hurts, He eases our mind, and uses the scars as a testimony to His faithfulness unto us!
“I praise you LORD, for answering my prayers. You are my strong shield, and I trust you completely! You have helped me, and I will celebrate and thank you in song.” Psalm 28:6-7 LB
If we are to avoid doing or saying things God hates, we need to know the Word of God! That takes diligent study! Wise teachers, preachers, Christian leaders or good friends are often able to direct us to proper scriptures to deal with specific problems we have. Be careful with advice, as not everyone does that! You need the Word of God to help you, not someone who just says what you may want to hear! Some will gossip and tell what you have said or twist the words to mean something you did not say! Seek help from those you can trust and who live a good moral life!
The Bible warns us to guard our heart and our tongue! We can wound or heal, so what we say is vitally important! A wise person is disciplined, and has self-control, they know when to speak or be silent. A wise person shares good knowledge, yet with a humble spirit, they also learn from others. As a person speaks, his spirit and character will reveal what kind of person they really are!
“LORD, grant us a discerning heart, wisdom for daily living, and understanding how to use these gifts according to Your ways that we might please You! Amen!”
In His Service, Mary Mayko
I TRUST THESE SCRIPTURES AND WRITINGS WILL ENCOURAGE YOUR HEART AND BUILD YOUR FAITH AS YOU READ THROUGH THEM! Our prayer for this website is that it continues to be a source of encouragement and blessings to all who have stopped by for a visit with us! Mary Mayko
“FACING THE FACTS!”
Mary Mayko 1999
When troubles and storm clouds rise up around us
And quick as lightning, attacks with a major fuss,
It seems someone has caused many problems
And others think, “they cannot be full of sins!
It is time for everyone to take a long honest look
And examine ourselves like it says in the Book!
It just may be we have done some serious wrong
And caused real heartaches for others for so long!
Or just maybe, they caused real harm to you!
It’s been such a problem, you don’t know what to do!
Now is the right time to face it and ‘fess up!
Before it turns to a cup of bitterness in your cup!
It takes great courage to face it along with God’s wisdom,
For in the telling, misunderstanding and anger often come!
We must not speak too harshly, but with Godly care and love,
Always seeking the LORD for the help we need from above!
Because of foolish pride and words so hastily spoken
Lives have been shattered and many hearts are broken!
If fear ties the tongue up, nothing will be resolved,
Compromise cloud up issues and problems are never solved!
Some will never ‘fess up to their wrongs and sin,
Will never confront or conquer the struggle within!
Yet the Savior quietly waits until we ask His Will,
Then as we confess, He says, “Peace, be still!”
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 NASB