Words matter

WORDS MATTER

For those of you who have been paying attention to what I write here, let me first say thank you. I have truly come to cherish this outlet and do want to develop it to where it may one day be more than just something that I do on the side.

Until then, I’d like to continue to use this platform for what will end up being a multitude of endeavors, but the most important of which will be to glorify God.

With that being said, I want to focus on the bread and butter of what any blog, whether followed by thousands or written for only one….words. As the title of this post suggest, I want to focus on words and their import.

SAY SOMETHING NICE

Every year for the last few years at my church, we have had “Say Something Nice” Sunday as the first Sunday in June. Although we as Christians should strive to do this every day, this particular Sunday is set aside for us to collectively focus on what we say to one another.

In this digital age, we so rarely take the time to stop and think before firing off a terse email or text. We neglect to take an operational pause to consider how our words may be received, which is often to our detriment. Even with the best of friends, sometimes the written word is not received as it is intended, but the problem of miscommunication isn’t one that just happens when the words are written.

IF YOU CAN’T SAY SOMETHING NICE

Often, it seems, in today’s culture, we find two extremes with regards to the spoken word. We find that people are either offended by word choice, or wish that others were not offended by words. I would love to say that I find myself neatly in one camp of another, but I’m guessing like most of you, I find both extremes unappealing.

No, I may not be offended by the same words as others. And there are probably some words that I dislike that others are not concerned with. This is the nature of being individual. We will never all agree on what can and can’t, should or shouldn’t be said.

BIBLICAL FILTER

Rather, instead of needing to come to a specific consensus, we as Christians should filter everything we say and think through Scripture.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” ~ Psalm 19:14

“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.” ~ Ephesians 4:29

“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” ~ Psalm 141:3

Based on this small sample, it is clear that God wants us to keep control of what we say and how it is said. With words we have the great power to build up, but also the great power to destroy.

With what I post on here, my goal is to build up. To empower you to greater things for the Kingdom. To help spur you on to creativity for the King. To encourage you to see with wonder all that God has created in this world. But above all, my prayer is completed in the three verses above. That the Lord would guard my tongue so that only things that are extensions of his purpose for me would be found here and that it would be said at the right time to bless someone.

I pray this for you as well. That your tongue would be guarded, not in order to keep from offending people, but so that your witness for Christ might be above reproach. We are all human, and there will be failures, but my stated goal remains the same.

CHALLENGE

Think about this as the week starts. Take the time to think on how you respond to people and filter it through Scripture before responding in any manner. Remember that all things should be worked at for the glory of God. This is my challenge to myself as well. To only respond with grace and to carefully chose the words that I use so that He is conveyed in my every thought, word, and deed.

Soli Deo Gloria

Allyson

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