It was years ago while talking to my husband I exclaimed, “words sure say a lot!” He could only laugh at my stating the obvious. Perhaps we would do well to carefully consider our words and how they affect others. The Apostle James gives us some timely advice. “Dear brothers, don’t ever forget that is best to listen much, speak little, and not become angry, for anger doesn’t make us good as God demands that we must be.” James 1:19, 20
How many times have we wished we would control our words? Proverbs 10:19 hits a home run on the subject when it says “Don’t talk so much. You keep putting your foot in your mouth. Be sensible and turn off the flow.” Words that are angry, unkind, and said without thought for the feelings of others are too much the norm. In the book of Proverbs we are again encouraged to move toward the goal God has for every believer. “A good man thinks before he speaks.” Prov 15:28 “…how wonderful it is to be able to say the right thing at the right time.” Prov 15:23
How do we become a person who daily speaks healing words of love? One who uses words to build up instead of tear down. The beautiful song In The Calm gives us a godly perspective. “Let your Word speak to me. Let your Spirit draw near. I will obey the truth that I hear. There’s a thirst in my soul for your wisdom divine. I long for that peace and life that I find. In the calm of your presence, I am listening Lord. I am still, I am quiet, I am yours.”
Come with me as we sit at Jesus’ feet and listen. In the quiet of these moments Jesus teaches us His ways. His love and compassion envelopes our whole being. His gracious words, His unconditional acceptance leave us with a sense of holy power and grace. In His presence we are able to rise above our stubborn humanity. Jesus Christ, Son of God, is the teacher, God-Man. He alone knows the stirrings within us. Friends, do you truly long to put aside your angry and hurtful words? As believers, each time we read God’s Word the pages flow with living springs, cleansing and renewing our hearts and minds. Today, may others hear the kindness of Christ because you took the time to listen.
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