Rich, dark, aromatic.
I open the container of coffee and inhale the perfume of one of my favorite fragrances.
In anticipation I wait for the brew to finish [stopped and went to make coffee] so I can enjoy the flavor of this delicious liquid.
It’s strange that such a delightful treat results from filtering water through the gritty bits of crushed coffee beans. Gritty bits that are then thrown away or used for compost.
Whether using a drip maker, old-fashioned percolator, French press, or even an espresso machine the same technique applies – We FILTER the coffee and the result is a pleasant beverage.
Which leads me to ponder this —
I filter my coffee, but do I filter my words?
Is what I say pleasant?
Or instead do I share the gritty bits?
We can use this filter from Chapter 4 of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” (verse 31, NIV)
And brew delightful relationships
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (verse 32)