Great question to ask ourselves on a ..................well all the time basis!!!! I have found myself asking this question lately as I have well been hurt over the last few months over careless words spoken to me. Are our words pure, gentle, peaceable, full of mercy grace and good fruit, unwavering and without HYPOCRISY?? Wow thats a tall order to fill uh however with God's help we need to be filling this order daily. What a great world we would live in if we all just thought about our words and how and what to say before saying them. I would love to ALWAYS measure up to these attributes above myself but it is hard to do this everytime we open our mouths I have to admit I fall short to many times more than I would like to admit sadly enough. There are 2 important scriptures I am reminded in the book I am reading 1) "speaking the TRUTH in LOVE" Eph. 4:15 NOW THIS MY FRIENDS is a very touchy subject you see we have to be careful to not come across as holy rollers and go up to people saying all kinds of truth and claiming to say your doing it in LOVE. I THINK we need to be REALLY CAREFUL the truth we speak to one another and make sure you have prayed to the Lord and have His ok to share.
I have had people speak things to me that later they even realized themselves should NOT have been spoken to me .. and even though it was truth it was not the time nor the place so I ask you to just be wise and use discernment before speaking the TRUTH in LOVE with someone make sure that is what the Lord would have you do at that moment. 2) "Never forget to be TRUTHFUL and KIND" Prov. 3:3 Love ,or kindness, and truth must be inseparable.
A passage from Words that Hurt Words that Heal is great it says; Unfortunantly, at times we think we are being loving by not speaking the truth. At other times we speak the truth , but are unloving as we do so. I wish I could place love and truth deep in my mind to filter every word I speak. Amen to that!! If we can ALL (myself included) just realize the power of our tongue the good and evil that falls off of it "The tongue has the power of life and death" Prov. 18:21
for me I am making it a must to think before speaking and ask myself these few questions
1) Is what I am about to say Glorifying to God?
2) Is it uplifting and encouraging to the hearer?
3)If it were posted for all to see I wouldnt be worried/ or would I????
If I have answered yes to the first 3 then I may say it if not yes to all three it doesnt need to be shared. I encourage us all to be more aware of what and how we speak to others starting today
and may our words be filled with God's love and encouragment.
Father I pray you would forgive me for every unkind, unGodly thing spoken from my mouth I pray Lord you would give all of us the awareness of what comes off our tongues and may we only speak truth in Love when you appoint for us to do so with one another. May we be the iron that sharpens iron and again only in LOVE. Father help us to think before we speak and ask for your wisdom and discernment. Father I ask this in Jesus Name Amen.
Friends I believe as we spend more and more time in the word of God we will be filled with Him and able to speak as Jesus did to those around us . As we spend time drinking from the river of His delights we will be filled to overflowing with His love, joy, and peace which shall then spill over into our speech God Bless you my friends!!!
until next time,