The reading today describes the cynical tongue as one that scorns the motives of others. I like to think the best of others' but in examining myself, I find that I am guilty of this one too from time to time.
These days, I find that my cynicism comes from becoming weary due to a long standing issue or situation (i.e. politics, religion, parenting, all those things you're not supposed to talk about in polite company). When the iceberg starts to move a tiny bit, I am suspicious of its motives.
And yet . . . when I question the motives of others, I show how far away from God I am. After all, HE never gives up on us. And HE can change anyone's heart. When I am skeptical about someone's apparent change of heart, I'm showing that I doubt God's ability to do that. Who am I to question anyone's motivation?
We need people who are brave enough to question mainstream thought. We should value those in our society who ask difficult questions out loud. A false "Pollyanna" atmosphere is of little use to anyone. For believers however, those questions and challenges should come after prayer and time spent in Scripture.
Unchecked cynicism poisons an atmosphere, whether it is in the home, the work place, a church, a book group...it drains the positive energy from a group setting which is otherwise productive. We all know those people who are "sour" in their outlook, cynics about everything, and emotionally toxic. If you are close to one of those people or you ARE one of those people, consider asking the Lord what He would have you do about it.
Lord, show me today when I am contemplating this error and help me correct it. Especially before it comes out my mouth or rolls off my fingers.