Think a Minute:
Did you know that the words you and I speak have power and impact? Regardless of what you might have heard, words matter. The words we speak have a greater impact than we think they do, especially when we speak words about ourselves – these words affect us. In addition, our words spoken to others not only bring life or death to them, but also to us! The Bible is very clear about this subject. Each of us, one day will have to explain every careless word we have spoken. Jesus said, “I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgement” (Matthew 12:36). If that verse is true…and it is… we will have to explain to God why we said some of the careless things that came out of our tongues. The Bible also says that our words are indicative of what is in our hearts. Jesus said that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Speaking words that heal and bless signify a good heart. But speaking words that are cruel, insensitive, deceptive, dishonest or careless is a sign of a serious heart problem. But…negative self-talk and speaking to others or about them negatively does not not have to rule your heart. Ask God to fill your heart with His grace and an annointing of His everlasting love for you. Commit in your heart that negative speech has no place in your life. Remember that words can bless or hurt. In the book of Isaiah, chapter 50, verse 4 we read: “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.” Amen!
Prayer for the week: “God, help me to speak words that lift up and do not tear down, words that compliment instead of criticize, words that speak unconditional love and not human expectations, and words that instill confidence and not uneasiness. Lord, help me refuse to say negative things about myself. Teach me to monitor the words I speak to others. Teach me to always speak words that are supported by Your truth and glorify You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen and Amen!”
Pastor Rob Pesola