I heard a sermon a few days ago that impacted me greatly.
As I was reading in Philippians today it came to mind again.
Philippians 2: 12-15
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
Words are so powerful.
I could quote from James too. When he talks about our tongue being a consuming fire- we can destroy and burn and maim with our words- and with the same tongue praise our Lord and Savior.
I have felt a great conviction to pray more before, during, and after conversations I have with everyone. Whether on the phone, e-mail, or in person- I need to be seeking God and aware of his leading and presence during that conversation.
I need to initiate prayer more often- either on the phone, in an e-mail, or in person.
How about texting a prayer to a friend?
Our words can encourage. We can spur one another on.
I waste my words sometimes. Saying foolish things that I don’t really mean, or I don’t think at all before I speak.
Complaining about things that are minor and irrelevant.
We only get so many minutes to talk- so many words to speak…how are we using them?
And I found myself praying for God to help me make the most of every opportunity. Not only with those who don’t know Christ, but also with my brothers and sisters. We need each other!
We need to be encouraged.
Fighting sin daily can become discouraging and we can lose heart.
We need to spur one another on with the truths from God’s Word- and to lovingly bear with one another.
Sometimes our attention needs to be refocused. We may get so fixated on a troubling situation or problem. When a brother or sister in Christ calls or comes by and speaks in joy and truth to us- what a blessing that is!
Proverbs 15:23 MSG Congenial (pleasant, agreeable, harmonious) conversation—what a pleasure! The right word at the right time—beautiful!
I want to be one whose words bless and encourage those who hear. That my focus would be on eternity and all that we possess in Christ.
Psalm 141:3 Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
I am going to tape the above verse in my car and pray that God will guard my mouth- that all the words I speak may bring glory and honor to his name.
And one more thought- that causes me to cry out in my heart and spirit to God as the weight of this truth seeps into my mind- my children are listening. What are my words teaching them?
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Lord, may all our words bring glory and honor to your Name. Help us to make the most of every opportunity we have today to encourage and bear with one another in your name. In this, as in all things, we cannot be effective without your abiding presence. Empower us as we seek you. May we shine like stars- full of your Holy Spirit, giving glory to your holy and precious name. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. May that truth have feet in our lives today. In Jesus Name, Amen.