Monday, July 27th

Monday, July 27th

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29

Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and good for your health and welfare. Proverbs 16:24

What type of words do you want to hear from other people? Do you want foul and abusive language or do you want fragrant and nurturing language? Do you want bad and hurtful speaking or do you want good and helpful speaking?  Do you want negative words that discourage you or do you want positive words that encourage you? Do you want mean words that are like vinegar and are bitter to your soul and detrimental to your health and welfare or do you want kind words that are like honey and sweet to the soul and good for your health and welfare.

It is safe to say that as relational people who routinely experience the words of other people, we long for the delightful and abhor the unpleasant. Shouldn't we want for others what we want for ourselves? Perhaps we do in theory, but how often in the heat of the moment, our words are far less than delightful. How easily we inflict others with words that are hurtful and painful. Somehow, things get twisted within us so that we think our health and welfare depend on getting out our anger and frustration. Far to often, the worst comes out and we let those we think deserve harsh and detrimental treatment have a good dose of our negative and destructive words.

We have learned that we cannot control the tongue. We also know that the tongue must be controlled. While we know that God's presence and power in our lives is the key, we struggle to experience the difference God can make as fully and consistently as we need in regard to tongue management. This is our fourth and final week in our series on the Tongue. We will be looking at our own experience with "delightful" words that come from God and others and how our full and consistent experience with them can transform the words we bring to others from ones that undermine their health and welfare to ones that wonderfully contribute to it.

Lord, I ask you for a shift in outlook regarding the possibility of change in the use of my tongue from an outlook of apprehension to and outlook of anticipation. Bring to me afresh the good and kind words you want to bring to me directly and those you want to bring to me from others. So fill my inner being with things that are excellent and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8-9) that, more and more, I have helpful and encouraging words to bring to others. Help me throughout this week to experience significant and lasting growth and change. Amen!

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