JESUS was a man of few words……. our SAVIOR spoke every single word with great meaning and context. Those listening to HIM realized there was a great lesson in all HE said. Imagine the crowds listening to HIS Sermon on the Mount and being completely…….amazed and awe struck!
Shouldn’t our words be few too? If we walk in humility our words should edify, build up and comfort.
PROVERBS 10: 19 “WHEN WORDS ARE MANY, TRANSGRESSION IS NOT LACKING, BUT WHOEVER RESTRAINS HIS LIPS IS PRUDENT.”
Being prudent is having the wisdom to know what to say and when to say it. Oh LORD, give us the wisdom we need to say what needs to be said. Because how often does our flesh get in the way of our tongue?
JAMES 3: 5 “SO ALSO THE TONGUE IS A SMALL MEMBER, YET IT BOASTS OF GREAT THINGS.”
If our words are few, then our actions should be more…….that old saying of all talk and no action can often apply to us!
YOU WILL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUIT.
Does our fruit tend to be just critical words and complaints? There is a challenge to go through one full day without complaining…….it is hard to do because personally I have tried it and failed.
Because of writing, I am well aware of my words…….but at the same time I want all my words to matter, to make a difference and to even preach to myself when I need them. Using our words for the right reason is so important……..
PROVERBS 16: 24 “GRACIOUS WORDS ARE LIKE A HONEYCOMB; SWEETNESS TO THE SOUL AND HEALTH TO THE BODY.”
Our LORD’S words are sweet and run deep within our souls too. Let us hang onto HIS every word and plant them upon our hearts every day.
Likewise our words should be pure, but also necessary. Every encounter is the opportunity to share JESUS’ words with another human who needs to hear. And may those words lead us to gracious action. We are learning to be more like JESUS, so let’s follow HIS example.
LESS WORDS = MORE ACTION
Oh so very often I myself say I will do something and then I never follow through. LORD, forgive me for all those times when I should have. See, the flesh is weak and the tongue is full of pride and poison. Maybe if my words were few then action would take place more!
So before we have something to say, let’s ask ourselves if we should be doing. Then let’s follow through with words that build, comfort and edify. Our current world spews poison every single day, so be different and be the one who speaks with wisdom and grace. The LORD will give you the right words to say at the right moment if you ask HIM. Since HE gave us the Holy Spirit we have that ability to do this: to speak mercy and grace and to only speak those words when necessary.
PSALM 18: 30 “GOD – HIS WAY IS PERFECT; THE WORD OF THE LORD IS PURE.”
PSALM 139: 4 “BEFORE A WORD IS ON MY TONGUE, YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT IT LORD.”