Your Words

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“Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬
All words hold power.
They set the tone, communicate vision, encourage and lift up or they destroy trust, discourage and complicate the situation.
It is usually the words we plan that help people and the ones we don’t plan that hurt them.
Before you speak, ask yourself if your words are going to help the situation or hurt it?
Also,
It’s okay to say you don’t know.
It’s okay to say nothing at all.
It’s okay to choose to be proactive instead of reactive.
When in doubt, don’t say anything at all.
Spend your time planning the words you want to say and applying self-control to the ones you don’t.
My friend, May your words bring healing to those who desperately need it today and empower those around you to be courageous in pursuing the potential God has put in them. 

Words

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“Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”

James 3:5 NIV

Words are powerful.

The words you say to yourself.

The words you say to others.

You control your words, not the other way around.

You can be honest without being mean.

You can be mean without being honest.

God has given you the great privilege of being the spark that lights the fire.

Whether it is a fire to warm and nourish others or one that burns and destroys them is up to you.

Choose wisely.

Sabotaging​ Speech

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Little white lies.

Big unsaid truths.

Smoothing it over by telling them what they want to hear.

Avoid confrontation at all costs so you won’t be rejected.

We rarely do these things because we don’t like someone, sometimes we do them the most with those we care for.

It becomes the language of our relationships and the protection of our most tender selves.

“Liars hate their victims; flatterers sabotage trust.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭26:28‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Words are powerful and all deception, whether it is big or small, deteriorates relationships. It doesn’t matter if it is a negative slur or a positive flattery.

If the words you are speaking are not true, you are not really loving them.

Your deceptive words are causing ruin whether you want them to or not.

If you love someone, tell them the truth. It doesn’t have to be brutal but it does need to be spoken.

This isn’t a challenge to suddenly verbally vomit all your pent up, stuffed down and swallowed words on the ones you love.

This challenge is to examine your words and your heart.

This challenge is to ask God to show you why you are stuffing, swallowing, avoiding and not speaking the truth.

And it probably has more to do with how you see yourself than how you see others.

When you discover why you are lying and unintentionally ruining your relationships, you will uncover a place that God wants to heal.

Trusting God means having the courage to boldly look at your underlying motives and bravely begin to create new speech patterns with the ones you love.

It matters.

Speak the truth in love.

Face the fear of being misunderstood.

Ask God to heal the broken parts in you so that you can have healthy relationships with those around you.

One Step

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God will complete what He started in you. The thing is that you decide how long it takes  for some things to be worked out.

God has begun a good work in you, but if you don’t step out in faith and obey what He has asked of you, the work will not be done…quickly.

If you choose to hold on to bitterness rather than forgive, you lengthen your journey.

If you allow fear to stop you from stepping up and doing what God has called you to do, Jesus won’t leave you. He will walk with you. He will continue to heal you, develop His grace in you. God will continue to bring it before you and put the choice(s) in your hand.

What you choose to do with it, is up to you.

Are there things that God has asked you to do?

Is your lack of obedience causing a holding pattern for His purpose in you?

Many times, God has already given us what we need to grow. He is waiting for us to take the step.

The Word says that God will work in you but He will not walk for you. That is up to you.

“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”
2 John 1:6 NIV

Go for it!

Even if it is a small thing, obey.

Especially if it is a small thing, obey.

Just take one more step and trust God for each step after.

Your Words

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“Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬
All words hold power.
They set the tone, communicate vision, encourage and lift up or they destroy trust, discourage and convolute the situation.  It is usually the words we plan that help people and the ones we don’t plan that hurt them.  Before you speak, ask yourself if your words are going to help the situation or hurt it?
It’s okay to say you don’t know.
It’s okay to say nothing at all.
It’s okay to choose to be proactive instead of reactive.
When in doubt, don’t say anything at all.
Spend your time planning the words you want to say and applying self-control to the ones you don’t.
May your words bring healing to those who desperately need it today and empower those around you to be courageous in pursuing the potential God has put in them.