Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 02-08-2011
Ephesians 4:29– Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Proverbs 15:23 – A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
THE SPOKEN WORD
The spoken word is powerful, can build up or tear down.
A source of healing hurting souls, our words with hope abound.
The careless word in anger spoken, like knives, can cut the heart,
and sever friendships, family ties, as lives are torn apart.
We ought with words to raise man’s spirit, and lift the life cast low,
to let our Savior speak through us, His healing waters flow.
Let’s bind the tongue and stop the words we speak in thoughtless error,
that all our words, to all we meet, we’re not ashamed to share.
With words we speak the Savior’s love, we witness to the lost,
so let us think before we speak and careless words are tossed.
If we then find ourselves o’ercome with anger, rage and wrath,
“Sin not”, our God commanded us, His wisdom guides our path.
Dear Friends – Proverbs 18:21 reminds us that death and life are in the power of the tongue. It is important to remember that the tongue is expounded on in scripture in great depth and exhaustive detail, meaning if so much time were given to instruction and wisdom regarding our tongue, it must be a very important part of lives, our daily walk, and most certainly our love walk with God. How precious that God took so much time to teach us and instruct us regarding our tongue, the words we speak and what power these have because, as most of us have experienced, the tongue can be our best friend or our worst enemy.
Many of us speak things to others in haste, perhaps in anger, and then later regret those words. And the Holy Spirit is not slow in convicting us when we’ve spoken in error, out of turn, or simply because we felt like it. For you see, when we speak kind words, soft words, it not only deters wrath, but people give pause in the heat of an argument, people are touched emotionally in a positive way, and anger is often quelled in the midst of strife and confrontation. People today need encouragement. People today need to see the Love that lives within us, that it is alive and active.
So often I’ve found that folks that seem rude at times, cruel and even mean, usually have heartache, a life teeming with unresolved issues and brokenness. Keeping this at the forefront of our thinking should be a gentle reminder to not react in kind in stressful situations. If you can speak a good word from the river of life flowing in you, an encouraging word, and freely give of the Love that Christ has given you, I believe seeds of hope can be planted everywhere we go and to everyone we meet. In 1 Peter 3:15 scripture tells us to sanctify the Lord God in our hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh us a reason of the hope that is in us with meekness and fear. Yes, if you speak kindly and lovingly, encouraging and uplifting, especially in the face of anger and strife, people witness this and this in turn becomes a testimony of the Love of Christ that is in us. When the Holy Spirit is given reign in the words of our mouths we open the door for greater opportunities to reach the lost, to minister to those in need, and all because we ordered our conversation aright, and scripture again says those that order their conversation aright will see the salvation of God. And God’s word says the liberal soul shall be made fat and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. What you give to others in the form of your words shall come back to you, dear ones, so may it be always words of faith, hope and love, words of life, and may those words come back to bless you in countless, bountiful ways so that you yourself begin to confess you are blessed to be a blessing.
Romans 10:9-10 says “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Believe it, receive it and confess it. Let your mouth be filled with good things and be bold to share them with a hurting world. For you’ve heard it said, “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”. This is good advice in any circumstance or situation. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is peace, so always let peace be your guide.
And in all your speaking don’t forget how important your words are in your own life, family situations, and circumstances. For negative words and thoughts about ourselves, our family, our circumstances can be just as detrimental and destructive as angry words spoken to others. God loves us. We have been redeemed by His Son, Jesus, and scripture says if we believe on Him we shall not be ashamed. Situations and circumstances may look negative. Your path may be obscured by pain or depression, lack or loneliness. But God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Speak blessings into your own life. Speak blessings into the lives of those around you. Rise up and speak boldly, calling those things that be not (things you can’t see yet) as though they were already in existence. Let your words be filled with the Love of the Lord, for yourself, for anyone, and let these words be spoken with wisdom, admonishing peace and goodwill as much as lieth in your power to do so. Scripture says in Proverbs 15:23 as noted above that a word spoken in due season, how good it is! And if you find yourself backed in a corner, then just start praising God, for God inhabits the praises of His people.
But be reminded beloved, scripture says in 1 Peter 3:4 that a meek and quiet spirit is in the sight of God of great price. I must say that few people today realize the beauty in this scripture. When it comes to the words we speak, sometimes less is more. There’s nothing wrong with being a quiet person, I am one myself, and being quiet rather than carelessly tossing words out there just to be heard can speak volumes in its own right. After all, folks today are bombarded with noise, cell phones ringing, traffic racing, demands of life coming from every angle. Sometimes, a quiet time alone with someone can do more good than many words. A gentle touch on the hand, a warm hug, and soft words that carry a lot of weight, easy on the ears and calming on the heart are actions that speak louder than words and cannot be underestimated in their value.
So always think before speaking. Consider the circumstances, the lives you’re affecting, and make a conscious decision to speak with love. “Be the message” as my friend, Jene Wilton, so eloquently puts it. For our lives are a message to others and our words are just a testimony of that message, a testimony that we belong to Christ and Christ is God’s.
In His Love,
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