Scripture in the Morning #102
Biblical commands themselves are part of God’s Grace to us, being used by God to move us to blessing and being a blessing. Our next command…
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Sticks and stones… we tend to think that words cannot hurt us. But words can be devastating. Words can cripple. Words can send people down the wrong path. They can lead others to dwell on self. Words can remove others from a proper focus. Words that we say onto others often affects the words that they then speak themselves to those around them. As such, our damaging words to another can lead to a domino effect, whereby the result is that our hearers then pass on damaging words to others. Or…
Words can build up; encourage. Words can center people on God, on grace, and on thanking the Lord. Words can move people from a self-serving path to a God and other-centered path. Words can help remove damaging anger and anxiety from another…
Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
Words can convey either falsity and lead astray or impart truth and more fully unite others to their Lord. Words can model decency and be honorable – or they can be laced with criticism, complaint, slander and gossip and thereby harm the listener.
So, for today, a few questions to take up with the Lord in prayer.
First, Lord, how have I used my words? Lord enlighten me to consider and measure the content of my speech. Lord, move me to consider each of the main people in my life and name them one-by one – asking Lord just how much of an encouragement have my words been to them?
Second, Lord how often do I stop and consider the content of my words before I speak them? Lord how often do I seek your grace to protect others from my sin in how I use my words? Lord, how often do I seek your grace to be a blessing through my words?
Finally, Lord… to what degree do I consider my words after they are spoken into another’s life? When appropriate, do I apologize to those who I have hurt with my words? How ready am I to go to another and seek forgiveness for when my words are not as they should be?
So my friends, may your prayer time be rich and may the Lord move us all – me included – to speak only that which is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.