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It’s NOT an option!

05 Jan

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.   –Luke 6:45

 

Have you ever had someone say something to you that really stung your heart?

Something that cut you to the core?

How many times have you replayed those words in your head?

Words are powerful.  They can heal.  And they can hurt.

That old saying ……’Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.’

It’s a bunch of bologna!

The words we speak to others can be poison to the soul.  A wound heals, but words inflicted on another can be replayed over and over and over again in someone’s mind.

As I scrolled through my Facebook feed last night, I found profanities.  Vulgarities.  Even threats.  From teens and adults alike!  The Bible tells us that the words that flow from our mouth comes from the overflow of the heart.  It’s a reflection into your soul.

As Christians, we are called and even commanded to be Christ-like.  It’s not an option!  The second greatest commandment is this:

Love

your

neighbor

as

yourself.

–Matthew 22:39

That’s a pretty tall order. But the Bible gives us very real, very specific direction on how to live.  God knows what’s best for us.  And when we follow His guidance, His direction, we cannot fail.

As you go through the day today, be aware of the power of your words.  What does the overflow of your heart look like?  Do walk through your day inflicting wounds to the souls of others?  Do your words reflect Christ-like attitudes or are you making Satan smile with your verbal vomit? Do you love your neighbor?  Or do you gossip about them, tear them down, and belittle?

Today, commit to be an encourager.  An up-lifter.  A light in someone’s day.  Let the words from your mouth be like a blanket to the soul.  Love your neighbor.  Even the ones that are hard to love.

The same way Christ loves us.

 

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3 Comments

Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Daily Devotions

 

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3 responses to “It’s NOT an option!

  1. akateacher

    January 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    My husband always says, “Truth comes out in jokes.” And, yes, there is Biblical truth to that saying, as you showed above. People will try to mask an insult as an innocent joke. It always brings me back to tending to the “plank” in ones own eye. . . .

     
  2. mkultra76

    January 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Like, like, LIKE! 🙂

     
  3. Angie

    January 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Very well said! 🙂

     

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