“Use your words,” I’ve said to our boys over and again. My instruction can’t stop there because children need to learn how to use words well. It’s a life lesson.
We should spend the entirety of our days practicing when and how to “use our words.” What are we speaking about? Is it kind? Is it necessary and, if so, is it the appropriate time and place? Is it edifying or only personally gratifying? Are our words meant to wound or heal? Will it encourage and build up? Are they loving?
The art of constructive communication begins by getting to know the One who is love. That will never happen by solely reading Christian books or blogs, going to Church, or reading a “feel good” Bible verse here and there. Knowing God requires actively seeking Him by reading His words in their entirety on a regular basis.
We [I!] need to learn to speak less of ourselves and more of Him and what He has done!
Too often our words destroy while, ironically, we say we long for a more loving world. There is hope that this world can improve, but that begins when we are humble enough to admit that it’s OUR hearts that need changed. We love best when we begin to comprehend and experience the love and grace God gives. Let’s use our words to tell of that Love!
I challenge you to read Psalm 107. The chapter is all about how God has rescued His people. Over and over in the chapter, we are encouraged to thank God and use our words to speak of His goodness!
Who will you tell today?
“Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things.” Psalm 107: 8-9