Wednesday, July 30, 2014

31 Days of Joy: Speak Life

“Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you.
Listen in such a way that others enjoy speaking to you.”
― Anonymous

Speak life.

The words we speak will either build us up or tear us down. So when we speak, where do the words come from? Do they come from some thoughts conjured up in our brain? What we speak depends on what’s filling your heart. Jesus said, “. . . out of the abundance of the heart [the] mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). A critical heart produces a critical tongue. A self-righteous heart produces a judgmental tongue. A bitter heart produces an acerbic tongue. An ungrateful heart produces a grumbling tongue. But a loving heart produces a gracious tongue. A faithful heart produces a truthful tongue. A peaceful heart produces a reconciling tongue. A trusting heart produces an encouraging tongue. So fill your heart with life, grace, and love by soaking in your Bible. Read Matthew 5, or Romans 12, or 1 Corinthians 13, or Philippians 2. Be very careful taking in the words of death from the newspaper, on the radio, the TV, or the Internet. Our tongue can either bring blessings or curses upon us. For example, a liar can cause the death of an innocent man, or a comforter can give hope to a suicidal person by an uplifting word. A slanderer can destroy the reputation of a good person, and a seductive woman can use her tempting words to ruin a man's life. Godly parents can teach and encourage their children the truth of God's Word, setting them on the path of life. Pay attention to the way your speak to yourself. Are you speaking words of life or discouraging words of negativity over your mind and body? How do you talk to those around you? Are you encouraging and uplifting the ones you care about? Good words give life and timing is important. The wise person will speak the truth when and where it's fitting and needful. If you are giving advice, be sensitive and compassionate to the one you are advising. Think before you speak. Be careful with your words. Once they are said, they can only be forgiven, not forgotten. We are here to love each other, serve each other and uplift each other. Use your to words to pronounce blessings on those around you.

Focus Scriptures:
Proverbs 15:1
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Proverbs 12:18
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Joy in Action Today: 
Practice speaking life. Intentionally speak good and kind words today. 
Example: Look in the mirror and recite one of your favorite scriptures. Give someone a compliment. Express your appreciation for someone you love, by calling them and telling them how much you value them.