You know how amazing it feels to hear a good word. It radiates your being. It puts a smile on your face. It brings you joy. It makes you feel alive and well. That is how wonderful it is to receive the Word of God. For all of it in it’s entirety is truth and it is all good [Psalm 119:160]! That is why it is so important to listen to, read, study, inhabit and meditate in the Word of God. For the words of the Lord will build you up and keep you strong.
His words are also a healing for us.
They are a light to our path.
They uplift us immediately.
We always respond to words–good or bad they affect us in some way. But the good word is the focus here. How important it is to continue feeding our souls with wholesome talk. Even when we speak to others –we should be sharing positive things. The bible has so much to say about words. Words of life. In Proverbs 12:25 it says, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.” A good [morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious; satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree; of high quality; excellent; right; proper; fit; kind, beneficent, or friendly; honorable or worthy; in good standing] word will always make things right. You know what good is. So anything contrary to that –shut it down. Don’t give any room for that to take root in your mind, soul or spirit! Words can be so powerful. They affect us. Thank God His Words are more powerful than ours.
How can we make sure that our words are good? There are so many things that we can do to practice wholesome talk. Here are some “tools” to use through the Word:
“Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.”
~Colossians 4:6 The Message (MSG)
“But mostly, show them all this by doing it yourself, incorruptible in your teaching, your words solid and sane. Then anyone who is dead set against us, when he finds nothing weird or misguided, might eventually come around.”
~Titus 2:8 The Message (MSG)
“Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.”
~Proverbs 17:28 New King James Version (NKJV)
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”
Ephesians 4:29 New King James Version (NKJV)
Today is a day that one can decide–I want to speak words of life. I want to speak good things. I want to share wholesome things. I want to talk about what is necessary for edification. When I speak I want to impart grace to those in company with me. I want to contribute to the conversation by bringing out the best in others not the worst. I want to build not destroy. I want to enhance not disgrace.
We can always use these gentle reminders along the way. If there is a struggle in that area…keep that in your prayers to God as well. Day by day –it is sure to bring forth good fruit when we continue to practice this in our life. Every day is a new opportunity to speak those words that will uplift, exhort and encourage one another. We go from glory to glory–so bit by bit we can change our speech.
We live, we learn, we speak…. Gracious Words. ❤