We should always be conscious to the words that we are speaking. The Bible says that God created us in His image which means we carry the characteristics of God within us and just as God spoke this world into existence, so can we with our words bring towards us blessings or cursings just the same. That is why we must think before we speak so that we can evaluate our words before they are spoken to see if they will bring back to us a blessing instead of a curse. The Bible confirms this truth as we read in Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” We will receive the fruit or harvest of our words and that is why we should always speak words that will bring joy, gladness, peace, forgiveness, restoration, encouragement, affirmation, love, strengthening and inspiration that will lift others up and show them how special they really are to us. We will either be remembered for the good we did or the bad that we brought on to others and for me it has always been an easy decision to bless my life and the lives of those around me by speaking words that will lead to life and not death. (Genesis 1:26-28) (Galatians 6:7-10)
The Bible declares in 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.” Our words are supposed to build up and not break down, encourage and inspire and not destroy, to affirm and not reject, to forgive, redeem, restore and love all those who come across our path in need. We must always make ourselves available to show God’s love through our simple vessel which God has entrusted us with. Always remember and keep in mind that we can’t control the circumstances of life, but we can control how we react to them. We can act out in fear or we can stay in faith. We can choose to murmur and complain or we can trust the One who has every answer to every problem that may come our way. God already knows about it so why should we be worrisome? Instead we should be filled with faith and confidence that in the end all will be well with us not because of our strength or wisdom, but because God’s strength and wisdom is enough for us all. (Romans 12:9-21) (Psalm 91:1-7)
I hope this message inspires and challenges you to use your words effectively that will bring blessings towards your life and the lives of those to whom you speak affirmatively towards.
WHEN THERE’S NOTHING WE CAN DO
“Out of all that you possess, what do you believe is the most valuable?” he asked me.
“Rich, you know me well enough to know I put little value on things in my life. So, this, for me, is a difficult question,” I replied.
“It's not the same answer for everyone and yet, most people put little, if any, value on this,” he said.
Rich is a man with more energy than any one person should have. When he is speaking with you he talks to everyone around you. When he is in a room everyone knows it. He is not boisterous, rude or obnoxious. He is just super happy and friendly with everyone he meets.
There are times when I see people and wish out loud, “I want to be that happy.” I'm not sure I'd want to be as happy as Rich. He sometimes exhausts me.
I thought about what he said for a few minutes while he scanned the people nearby.
“Hey, this is Bobby Perks. He's a big time writer!” he said to someone. I, in turn, wanted to hide.
“Well, I would guess I would say I value my home. It's a simple one, big enough for Marianne and I, but I would guess shelter would have to be at the top of my list.”
“Good answer. I knew you wouldn't say your car. You don't drive a fancy one. You don't wear a watch or fancy jewelry. You're right, stuff doesn't matter to you.”
“So, what's your answer?”
“Your words. Not because you are a writer and a speaker. I believe that you own your words and many people don't. You care about what you say.”
He gives me more credit than I deserve for I have, like some people, said things I regretted later.
I thought about “owning my words.”
They say that actions speak louder than words, but people tend to say things without really thinking.
Words build up or tear down.
Words inspire or insult.
The first words spoken have made lovers out of strangers.
The last words whispered may ease a mourner’s pain.
Words spoken in anger are often forgiven, but rarely forgotten.
“Just what I needed to hear!” means God spoke through you.
You are what you say and how you say it.
Matthew 12:37 “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
“You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.” -Dale Carnegie
Sometimes words are all we have when there's nothing we can do.
By Bob Perks
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Proverbs 17:27-28 “He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”
Proverbs 13:3 “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.”
1 Peter 3:10-13 “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
Psalm 37:3-6 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: WHAT YOU WILL BE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry