Oh Lord, Let My Mouth Be a Blessing

by Kim McDougal

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)

Millions of quotes made by so many famous people, scholars, historians don many websites and books after these people have since long been gone. Yet, their words live on today for you and I to read to be inspired and uplifted. Words have life – eternal life if you will, whether good or bad. You might forget how you got that bump on your head when you fell out of a swing at age 10, but you may never forget the words of your 4th grade teacher who inspired you in some way.

If we say that we want Christ to work in us and through us and we want to mirror His life, shouldn’t that include the words we speak? It’s so easy to overlook the power that God has given us with using our mouth. We can use it for good or for bad and I don’t think we realize just how much power this little part of our body actually has. We tend to blurt out things that come in our head that really should never be spoken. Sometimes, we’re just gabbing making absolutely no sense in what we’re saying. Or worse yet, we’re reacting to someone or some circumstance in frustration or anger and these are the times that we should take a deep, deep breath and take a step back to calm down BEFORE we speak. Remember, we have the power of the tongue at our disposal and if we don’t want to receive nasty words thrown at us, then let’s not do it at someone else either.

And just as it is easy to tear down with the mouth, it is even easier to build someone up. It costs us nothing to sincerely encourage another person or compliment them on something. I get blessed daily by the people in my life, but how often do I tell them this? I have to sadly admit, “not enough.” And suppose I don’t wake up tomorrow…having never or hadn’t in a long time, told the people I care about, that I love and appreciate them? When was the last time, I spoke a word of encouragement to someone who needed it? Unfortunately, I’m so caught up in my own world that at times, I am completely oblivious to others around me. And if you look around even for a few minutes, you can tell there are people you who really need an encouraging word. You might be the last person they see with the power of Christ to speak a word of life into them. Don’t let those opportunities pass you by. They may NEVER forget your words and what you speak to them might keep them from making a drastic decision that could alter the rest of their life. When God spoke to me about all this, this morning, I suddenly realized how important our life is to Him. We’re so careful what clothes we put on, what accessories we wear to match, what products to use on our bodies, how we take care of our hair, and even the shoes we wear, but how often do we groom our mouths? Do we take proper care of our words allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through? We must do this to be completely immersed in Christ as He is our example.

Today, look for opportunities to speak a word of life to someone. If you sincerely love the Lord, know that He sincerely loves people and He doesn’t want a person who is hurting pass you by and you had the power of the tongue to help them but you were too busy that you didn’t even see them.

The Beauty Of Well Chosen Words

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29

It is an ever challenging issue as women, to temper our words. Wise words are valuable and precious, lovely and uncommon. They have the power to lift up and the power to tear down! Words spoken in anger are far reaching. Not only do we offend each other with hurtful words, we offend God.

“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger” Proverbs 15-1

We often struggle with our thoughts. They can be a place where we work through issues with wisdom and care, or a playground where bitterness sprouts and anger is fed. Anger makes you smaller while forgiveness forces you to grow. Learn how to teach true love through respectfully choosing your words.

“From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” James 3:10

Learning to temper our words is a life-long journey of growth. I challenge you to read Proverbs In its entirety. It is made up of 31 chapters that would easily fit into any daily home bible study. The book of Proverbs is used for gaining wisdom and discipline for a more prudent life. I ask God to help us to stop any words in mid-breath that may tear others down or bring dishonor to him and also help refine the words we say until they become lovely and pleasing to Him. Lord, teach us the priceless lesson of the beauty of well-chosen words.

“Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances” Proverbs 25:11

Sweet Blessings

My Heart and Mouth Don’t Line Up

by Sis. Kim McDougal

“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” -Matthew 12:34 (KJV)

Now Jesus is talking to the religious leaders of that day and basically telling them that what’s on the inside of them didn’t line up with the outside. In other words, they were hypocrites. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Do as I say, not as I do!”?

The two things that need to come together in harmony is the heart and mouth. Believe me, if you have bitterness in your heart, it will come forth out of your mouth. There’s a real difference however with the Pharisees in Jesus’ day…they spoke religiously, but inside they were anything but. God wants our heart to be free of any hypocrisy; that’s free from our sinful ways and then our mouths will follow.

It’s important that if we have hurts, hang-ups, or habits that we first get our heart right through our Heavenly Father. This way, what comes out our mouths will be pleasing and edifying. Is your heart afraid? Has it been broken? Does your heart lay awake at night thinking ill of someone or some thing? Ask the Lord for a new heart today. David in Psalms 51:10 did, he said, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” He wanted his heart to be right with God, let’s follow his example for our heart.

Grumbling, Part II

by Sis. Kim McDougal

This is a part II devotional God inspired me to write this morning. The part I came from “Moment in the Word Devotional” which I love to visit everyday. His post got me thinking about how we use our mouths. We can choose to complain, we can choose to uplift and encourage, we can choose to lie and backbite, we can choose to laugh or cry with someone, but all those goes back to the scripture in Proverbs 18:21.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” – Proverbs 18:21

What does this scripture really mean? It’s simple. There’s power in the words that you and I speak. And, it goes both ways whether it’s an encouraging word or slanderous word. Is there a particular phrase that’s stuck with you all your life? Mine would be my spiritual Godmother telling me, “I believe in giving people flowers WHEN they can smell them!” Powerful because she was saying life is short and you may never get another opportunity to compliment or love on a person.

Just as she spoke enlightening words, I also remember words spoken to me as a child, “You’ll never amount to anything, you easily get brainwashed by other people, you can’t stand up for yourself!” See how these words to a child can adversely affect them? These stayed with me through my teen years and it would not be until I gave my life to Jesus that He would heal me of this and now I know those words aren’t true.

You and I have people all around us daily that we can affect. We can either affirm them or denounce them with our words. It’s important to choose to uplift. If you find it hard to talk to a person in a positive way, then ask God to help you speak and let Him give your mouth the right words. Remember, what you speak can be with that person for the rest of their lives. What do you want them to remember about your words of influence, life or death?