~~~~ Are you wise in your communications? Or are you one of those that need to carry a roll of Duct Tape around with you to keep you from sinning with your mouth? ~~~~
~~~~ Oh, I am not pointing fingers at anyone, I have been known to need some of that miracle-working, silver sticky stuff myself. J
~~~~ If you truly are a servant of Christ, you immediately feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit when you say something that hurts people or tears them down. If you go long periods of time and don’t experience those little pricks of conviction and correction in your heart, I would suggest to you that you are not even trying.
~~~~ We all have room to grow in this department; I don’t care how mature we are. One of the most important things I have learned is to trust your heart. Your heart (spirit man) has a direct line to God’s heart and mind and the source of all wisdom and knowledge. If we take a moment to check up on the inside before we speak, we would see an immediate change in the quality of our communication. This is a principle that Proverbs makes very clear.
Proverbs 15:28 ~ The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
~~~~ In others words, give your heart a little time to tell your mouth what to say. 🙂
~~~~ Our words carry enormous weight. More than we sometimes think. They have the ability to impact people for a very long time, shaping and molding who they are and influencing the direction and path that they take.
~~~~ Words can provide courage and strength or they can discourage and weaken. They can minister grace and life, or pain and death.
Luke 6:45 ~ A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
~~~~ What treasure have you been storing away in your heart? Did you even know that you had a store? Whether you know it or not, your heart is being filled with something. The things that you give attention to, look at, and hear fills your heart, and whatever you are full of comes out when you speak. A minister once told me, ” When you get squeezed with problems, what’s inside you WILL come out.” It is so true.
~~~~ God’s Word is the obvious choice if we are to store treasure in our heart. His Words are spirit and life, they are health and medicine, they are full of grace and they are truth. When you are full of God’s Word your communications carry a part of HIM with it. Your speech becomes a tool that God can use to build you up and impart grace to others.
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.
~~~~ My favorite definition of grace is: “The divine influence on the heart, and its reflection in the life.”
~~~~ There are few things more rewarding than to know that you have been used by God to influence another person for HIM.
~~~~ “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). Every day, we are shaping reality for ourselves, and others who hear our words. The choice is ours. How will our words impact others? How will your words impact YOU and your family? Are you determined to make progress in this area? Do you see the need?
~~~~ The Word of God if full of commands to keep God’s word before you and in your mouth. I will leave you with two of my favorite, Be blessed!
Joshua 1:8 ~ This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Proverbs 4:20-22 ~ My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.