YOUR WORDS, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 10/17/19 (Across my desk this morning.)
| “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be…”
(James 3:10, NIV)
|Are You in the Business of Blessing?|
The Scripture encourages us to use our words to bless people. “To bless” means to speak well of, to pronounce favor, and to declare good things. People in your life need to receive your blessing, especially your spouse and children. Are you giving your children the blessings of love, affection and encouragement? Are you speaking words that build them up and bless their future?
You may not have received this approval from your own parents. Perhaps there wasn’t a lot of love in your home. Perhaps your mom or dad always talked down to you. Let us challenge you to be the one to break the stronghold over your family. Decide today that you are going to stop talking down to others. Choose instead to encourage others. Stop focusing on what others are doing wrong and start thanking them for what they are doing right. Begin right now to bless others’ futures. Your decision to be a positive influence will have a greater impact on your family than you could ever imagine. It will affect generations to come. Speak these blessings over your family, your children, and those whom you love and care for. If you will bless others, God will certainly bless your own life beyond what you ever hoped or dreamed.
|A Prayer for Today|
|“God, I want to use my words to bless, encourage, and lift others up. Help me to start today, in my own home, to purposefully use what I say to bless my friends and family. Give me uplifting words to say and the discipline to keep negative criticisms to myself. In Jesus’ name – Amen”|
We grow up today in a culture that finds great humor in demeaning some one. Putting some one down. There is even a show on TV where they “ROAST” someone and call it good humor. In my family, as the only child, I can not remember one time where my parents were not fighting and roasting each other. Can not remember a hug or word of encouragement. It has been really difficult for me and for many to try to change in Christ Jesus, we lean heavily on God’ grace. James teaches us that our tongue is the most difficult member of our body to control. Many many scriptures in the New Testament concerning the power of words.
And in the Old Testament there is a powerful statement that Life and Death are in the power of the tongue. Prov. 18:21
Moses tells us in Deut. 30:19, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:”
Scriptures to prayerfully consider:
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Matt.12:36. But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Mark 13:11. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. John 3:11. Jesus said, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life, John 6:63.” “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, (love) I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal, 1 Cor. 13:1.” “I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather (especially) that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying, ! Cor. 14:5.” “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ, Eph.4:15.” ” Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice, Eph.4:31.” ” Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth, Eph.4:1-3.” “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: Titus 2:1.” “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him, Heb. 12:5.” ” See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven, Heb.12:25.” “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, James 1:19.” “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 1 Pet.2-1.” “Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation, 1 Pet.2:12.” “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Pet 4:11.” “15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 15-21.”
This is a very short version of Biblical references concerning the power of words.
Yours, in HIS GREAT LOVE and watch what you say…. Ken<>< (Past blogs may be found at “Worth Considering” on our home page: www.Trinity-Aloha.org
There is but one Church of Christ Jesus and all who truly LOVE & OBEY HIM are members.
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