Hebrews 11:3 says, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” Couple this with Romans 4:17 says, “…God…calls those things which do not exist as though they did.”
I started reading Hebrews 11 but only got as far as verse 3. I wrote these two questions down in my journal. What do my words frame? What doesn’t exist yet I talk like it is present?
Since resentment starts as a seed, it will fall into the soil of our heart. It will not germinate if we don’t water it with our thoughts. Nurtured negative thoughts become matured spoken negative words. When we continue to resent something that happened (past tense) then we are living in sin.
2 Corinthians 5:17 needs to be indelibly written in our hearts. It is such a familiar verse, that it is easy to miss how essential this truth is. It says, “…old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Our past is passed.
We do not live in the past and the present at the same time. The minute that I typed this line, it has not been relegated to the past. Our flesh perversely hangs onto our past. Our spirit knows the truth. We cannot walk in the Spirit and walk in our flesh at the same time.
Galatians 5:17 says that the Holy Spirit resists our flesh, and our flesh resists the Holy Spirit. Think of two magnets. When turned opposite of each other, there is a magnetic field that forcefully keeps them apart.
What do the words, “I can’t” frame? What do life-giving words frame? They are polar opposite. “I can’t” frames hopelessness and defeat. Life-giving words impart grace. They encourage and strengthen.
Any words spoken from a resentful heart will be caustic, derogatory, and defiling. Matthew 15:15-16 says, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts…”
If we don’t confess our resentment as sin, it will become full blown bitterness. It will defile those around us, as well as cause chemical changes inside our body. We will bear the fruit of disease that will also poison those who eat it.