Good Words

4 Jul

God’s Word:  Proverbs 18:14-24

God’s Message to Me:

Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.  They know that the first speech in a court case is always convincing—until the cross-examination starts.  They know that words can reveal and words can conceal and it isn’t always easy to tell the difference—especially if you don’t personally know the one speaking.

Out of the heart the mouth speaks.  And those words can kill or those words can heal.  Examine your motives before speaking.  You should never speak words that can kill only words that will encourage a person to step up to a higher level of living.  If you find yourself speaking words that kill it is time to examine your own heart.

The sweetest words to any ear are loving words of forgiveness and acceptance.  Please, I beg of you, look for the good in others and nurture those attributes by extolling those virtues verbally.  When a person hears honest praise they triple their efforts to be worthy of that praise.  Plus, all those who are listening will double their efforts of being worthy of that same praise.  Words that kill only destroy initiative—never build it.

God’s Question to Me:  Will you examine your words and speak only those that you would appreciate hearing from others?

God’s Promise to Me:  The words you speak to others—whether they be words that kill or words that heal—you are also speaking to Me—for I take your treatment of others personally.

My Song to God:   Wonderful Words of Life        by Philip P.  Bliss    1874

Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life,
Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life;
Words of life and beauty teach me faith and duty.

Refrain

Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life,
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.

Christ, the blessèd One, gives to all wonderful words of life;
Sinner, list to the loving call, wonderful words of life;
All so freely given, wooing us to heaven.

Refrain

Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life,
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.

Sweetly echo the Gospel call, wonderful words of life;
Offer pardon and peace to all, wonderful words of life;
Jesus, only Savior, sanctify us forever.

Refrain

Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life,
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.

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