Over the next few days, we'll be getting to grips with the power of words. The power to heal, restore, to bring grace into conversation. Use them wisely and they'll become a tool for blessing others.
Ever said something without thinking that caused hurt or was totally inappropriate? Knowing the right thing to say can sometimes be difficult while, at other times, it's second nature to us. Here's the thing: what we say is formed by what we think, and what we think is formed by what's in our heart. '...As he thinks in his heart, so is he...' (Proverbs 23:7 NKJ). We need to get our mouth, mind and heart aligned with God in order to be able to say the right things at the right times.
When we're in a place to influence someone, it's best to make sure our mind is set in the right place. If we can't help but think how funny it would be if they fall over (literally or metaphorically), perhaps it's not time to offer too much, words-wise. The best alternative is to think encouraging thoughts. Willing that person on, and filling our brains with good thoughts will fill our hearts likewise. And since 'the mouth speaks what the heart is full of' (Luke 6:45 GNT), this kind of heart-filling is a good idea to fulfil the works God has prepared for us to do.
So what now? Nearly every day you will face situations and people who need a 'word' from you. What do you need to fill your heart with to give the best word?
Soulfood : Gen 13-16, John 12:20-36, Ps 118:10-18, Prov 31:10-13