Word 4U Today

WAR OF WORDS

WAR OF WORDS

‘Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim’ Proverbs 15:4 TM

We say around ten thousand words every single day (… each of us individually. Not all of us. We’re not that good at counting, but yeah…)

Words that can cheer up and bless, or divide and put down.

They can start wars or heal hearts.

Just look at soap operas where most of the plots arebased around this particular part of broken humanity. Chances are, of those ten thousand words you speak, at least one or two may not be very well thought through. The Bible says ‘If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless’ (James 1:26 NLT).

So, how can you get a bit more control over your mouth?

1) Encourage: Encouragers are God’s frontline against lies of the enemy which rid others of hope and joy. Use your words to lift the mood.

2) Ask for wisdom: ‘Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips.’ (Psalm 141:3 NLT) Be quick to listen and slow to speak, asking
God to guide you when choosing your words – including those you speak about yourself.

3) Speak truth and life: Jesus is ‘…the way, the truth and the life.’(John 14:6 NLT) As His family and followers, our speech should reflect this. Talk truthfully and you’ll speak words which, like a ‘…life-giving fountain’ (Proverbs 13:14 NLT), point others to God.

What now?
Write out Psalm 141:3 and stick it somewhere you will see it every day to remind you to use your words wisely.

Joy Ferdiz

October 28th, 2013

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