FOR OCTOBER 9, 2011.
WORDS OF TRUTH; WORDS OF GENTLENESS
But the fruit of the Spirit is.Gentleness.” Galatians 5:22,23
I want to talk about one of the most powerful things I could ever talk about.
It is a primary teaching of our Bible. It is a primary teaching of the Christian teachings. It is the power in your words.
All cultures, all religions, have taught that a human’s word has great power –
more power than we think from our human mind. Many teachings have realized the
special power of the written word and the spoken word. The Greeks long believed that words were filled with a sort of mystical power, that one could do anything with words.
Jesus said in Matthew 15:10. “Listen and understand; it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.”
There are two things that you and I can do with this tool of our words. We can build up, or we can tear down.
Over and over again, Jesus was saying to each of us directly that we have great
power and a great responsibility. You are a Christian. You are not here by
accident. You are here to live the teachings and to broadcast a positive light
and voice to your world.
Your words express who you are. The spoken word is the means by which unspoken thoughts inside of you take on dimension. Every word you use comes out of a thought that you cherish, and the thought you cherish rules your life. You may be cherishing the wrong thing. You may be cherishing thoughts that could harm you or others. We need to look at that and realize what we are voicing power to.
It is primarily through our words that the depth, height, and breadth of our
faith or the lack of faith is revealed to others. Our words betray our dominant
state of mind.
Every time we open our mouths, we paint a living picture to others of our present
state of consciousness. We need to paint the right kind of picture.
Human beings have a primary need. Do you know what that need is? To be loved.
We all want to be loved. I want more love in my life, and so do you. I believe
the only thing that keeps us from that love is our mouths. I speak and it builds a wall between us. You can’t get through that wall, nor would you want to. Or I can speak and tear down every wall that has existed between any human being when I speak with Christ-love.
People are attracted to us by our words more than anything else. We do not say,
“I don’t like Mary because of the way she does her hair and her pretty clothes. I like Mary because of the words that come out of her mouth.” The power of words is what binds us together.
Do you talk yourself up, or do you talk yourself down? Do your words give pleasure
to other people? After you have talked and left a room, do people feel on fire with life, or do they feel on fire? Speak words that are healthy. Speak words that are vitality, affirming your life as a child of God. Do your words ever promote
fear or do your words promote protection and Divine guidance? Think about it.
Use your mouth as a builder. Make a serious commitment to use the words that
come out of your mouth to build up everything you see and come in contact with,
to praise and give thanks to people.
Let’s all join A Good Words Club. In doing so, you agree to speak words that
give life to yourself and others.
In Proverbs 16:24 it says, “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb.” Moment-by-moment we choose what will add sweetness to life on not so sweet occasions, and people will remember. Words of praise, gratitude and thanks expand, set free, and in every way radiate energy.
We have relationships with everyone who comes into our lives and with God through the power of our words. Words are living things. The words we speak do not diewhen spoken. They continue. They go on acting and changing things according to their character – good or bad.
The word of truth doesn’t mean to carry the Bible around with you and to read
scripture to people. It is living, life-giving talking coming forth from you –
being a light, being a joy, being a positive influence (with your words) to
everyone you meet in your life.
You are God’s capable creation. If you choose to do this, you can. You are empowered to do this and nothing can stop you. Your words will take on power and authority because you decide and you give them the chance to take on power and authority. You can affirm God’s good in all of life. You know, with God’s help, that your mouth becomes God’s voice
A Good Words Club, for the next 30 days, you take the pledge not to say one
Our Lord said, “Thy words will not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” [John 1:1].
In the beginning we have the divine logos. We bring this to into a formative
power. The first step is thinking, The second step is feeling, and third step is speaking it, knowing that it is already so.
Let us pray. Please pray this prayer to
yourself as we conclude this week’s message.
Today, as a child of God, I accept the command of Jesus. The words I will speak
and the words I have spoken are and will be positive and full of spirit and
life. I follow Jesus to allow that spirit and life to flow forth from me. I dedicate my voice, my tongue, and my vocal chords to expressing the highest in every situation. I make a commitment to join The Good Words Club. I will speak
positive words only to others and to myself silently and audibly. I will manifest a new positive world around me. In Jesus Christ’s name . . . Amen.