Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. (Colossians 4:6 NKJV)
We are talking about the Power of Words. Words are so very powerful… accuse or encourage… Words make us laugh or make us cry. Words bring healing or hurt. Words teach truth or teach lies. Words bless or curse. Words create gossip or stop gossip. Your words will bring you victory in life or defeat.
-Researchers tell us we spend up to 20 per cent of our entire lives talking! With that in mind!
-The Bible gives much instruction about our words.
-(Amplified) Proverbs 18:20 A man's self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of its fruit.
-So it is also true that we r known by the words we speak...
-It’s interesting to note that if u ever want to know where someone is at just take time to listen to their words…
-Jesus said, For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks…
EG: Aesops Fable…Once upon a time, a donkey found a lion's skin. He tried it on, strutted around, and frightened many animals. Soon a fox came along, and the donkey tried to scare him, too. But the fox, hearing the donkey's voice, said, "If you want to terrify me, you'll have to disguise your bray." Aesop's moral: Clothes may disguise a fool, but his words will give him away.
WORDS EXPOSE U!
EG; Years ago disciple asked what he thought of the paint colour…IT SUCKS!
The Pastor later said, That’s a man who will not go far in ministry…
Didn’t u/stand at the time…but his words were exposing someone inside of him…that I didn’t see!
Too often I talk without thinking, never considering the one receiving my words. It's easy to blurt out words when we're under pressure.
Although we may have no intention of hurting others, our words can inflict great damage.
Much like a burned forest, the damage can take years to restore…
James 3:5-6, "So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire..."
Even one thoughtless word has consequences.
Perhaps you heard such destructive words as a child... words you've never been able to forget.
Even though you know today that those words weren't true, they still hurt deeply. You can still hear them ring in your heart:
EG: Your'e dumb. You won't amount to anything. I wish you'd never been born…
We can't control the words that are spoken to us. but we can focus on the words that we say to others.
Sometimes it's easy for me to say careless or destructive words without thinking when I'm with those I know best.
EG: It's when I'm with my family, a close friend, or a dear colleague that I often let down my guard and say discouraging, impatient words--words that wound rather than heal.
Many times we are blinded concerning how our words offend. We need to ask the Lord to open our eyes to ways that our words are hurtful or damaging.
May our words give grace, blessing, & hope to those around us.
So when you pray over your food & fellowship pray for grace!
Lord bless the food & the hands that prepared it & Lord bless our conversation!