This week as we considered the power of our words, we learned some powerful lessons. I pray that these lessons have both encouraged and convicted you.
Take some time today to let these sink in. Read each scripture; and if you’d like, choose one or two to commit to memory. Find the ones that speak to your area of greatest need.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29, NIV)
Make it your heart’s desire to serve others by building them up. To do so we must choose helpful, beneficial words that will bless them.
“The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4, NIV)
Allow your words to soothe those who listen by choosing words that speak life.
“‘Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.’ And he promised her with an oath, ‘Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.’” (Mark 6:22-23 NIV)
Have you forgotten to present your requests to God, dear friend? Remember He longs to bless you with good gifts so, go ahead and ask Him.
“For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” (Matthew 12:34-35, NIV)
When words spill out of our mouths that shock even us, it’s a reflection of what’s in our hearts. Check your heart, choosing to fill it only with good things, and watch your words follow suit.
“The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.” (Proverbs 15:28, NIV)
Rather than rush off words that benefit no one, why not pause to consider words that are positive, good, and true? We will do well to take the time to think before we speak.