No time to throw shade when you’re casting light…

Sssshhhhhhaaaaddddeeee….. What is shade? Shade is a sly comment made in degradation or disrespect of another. It usually causes the other person to inquire or investigate the deeper meaning to the comment. 

Most people do it and I have to be honest I do too. As sanctified and as saved as my soul is, my flesh needs a lot of work, or slaying:

“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” -Romans‬ ‭8:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The Word of God affords us one of my favorite scriptures when faced with daily nuances: “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” ‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:26‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Some how that word has been craftily twisted by the best us. True our flesh feels so much better after getting our whittiest shade through our throats and past our teeth. But the Lord stopped me in my tracks one day and said, “Shaunté, you can’t throw shade at people I called you to minister too. You can’t throw shade when I called you to cast light. I said be the salt and the light of the Earth.”

Well that fixed my shade problem real quick. And sometimes. No, no. I have to be honest. Almost daily when the temptation comes up, I have to remember what the Good Good Father said; cast light. 

Being perfectly honest we need to learn to throw scriptures just as well as we throw shade. His Word proclaims: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” -‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

We let the enemy pull a fast one on us again. While we were busy throwing shade or darkness at others down on the ground, the real enemy is up in high places causing us to miss out on our blessings. 

We have to learn to throw scriptures like: 

  • No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. -Isaiah 54:17
  • Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. -1 John 4:4
  • And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. -Matthew 11:12
  • Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. -Ephesians 6:16

After all we are taking an open Book test. We can throw shade all day and our flesh feels better. Or we can throw scriptures and our souls be washed and set free. 

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, -Ephesians 5:26