Sticks and Stones… but Words…

Wagner FamilyBY:  AMY WAGNER

E-MAIL ADDRESS:  ajwagner@tds.net

BIBLE TEXT:

Colossians 4:6: “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

Ephesians 4:29: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

PERSONAL REFLECTION:  For the past few years I’ve been learning the power of listening and speaking.  God has been working with me to be mindful of the words that exit my mouth and also listening to how others speak. I’m realizing that even if there are times of awkward silence I need not use my words as “filler,” but let the Holy Spirit fill those times with honesty.  It’s been a little odd at times because there have been moments when I want to talk (because I’m a social person) but must bridle my words and wait on God.  It’s helping me realize the effect words have on people and teaching me to only say what the Holy Spirit wants me to say.

Words are so powerful.  They can make someone’s day brighter or they can break a spirit in the blink of an eye. Jesus tells us in John 8:28, When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.” We strive to live like Christ and even He never used his words without PERMISSION.

PERSONAL APPLICATION:   As Christians we have a great responsibility to speak with honesty and truth.  We have the power to set the mood with the attitude that comes out of our mouths.  We need to use our words to lift up, edify, encourage and worship rather than as a weapon to condemn.  Even in those moments of discipline and teaching, our words need to be those of Christ and used with wisdom and love.  As well-intentioned as they may be, the wrong words or tone can do more damage than can be repaired.  Your friends, children, family, spouse, co-workers and the unsaved deserve more than frivolous, mindless jabber.  We owe it to them to pause a second, pray and speak to them with respect.

PRAYERFather, I want to make a positive impact with the words I speak.  I never want anything to flow from my mouth so freely that I am careless and thoughtless of my words and how they may affect the ones that are hearing them.  I want to be Christlike and learn to listen to you before I speak, so that only wisdom and love are heard through me.  I never want to be condemning or condescending in my words but only offer what you want that soul to hear in the moment I have with them.  It may be the only words of Christ they ever hear.  Please help me make my words count for you.  In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

My family (John, Brianna-19, and Alex-15) and I have been attending Life Assembly for over 8 years.

We take great ownership in Life Assembly and feel very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful church family.

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