Getting Real About Life, about Love, and about God

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Be Encouraged and Encouraging

You are not alone.  I  don't know what you are going through but I do know that God does.  I also know that He loves you and cares about your life and your circumstances.  You are loved more than you will probably ever know or can imagine.  God is crazy about you.

When we were kids we had a little saying "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." That saying is a lie.  It is just not true.  Words can hurt us.  They can hurt deep.  The wounds that are caused by harmful and destructive words are worse than the wounds caused by sticks and stones.  "Word wounds" can run deep and destroy someone's sense of worth and purpose.  Words do hurt us.

Words also have the power to build up.  Our words are pact with powerful potential to tear down or build up.  How do you choice to use your words?  We can use our words to encourage and inspire.  We can use our word to speak value into people life.  We can use our words to bring smiles comfort, and strength to others.  We can use our words to brighten someone day.  It is our choice.

It is important to understand that negative words are more potent then positive ones.  One negative word is what will be heard over a multitude of positive ones.  Negative words are remembered.  IT takes a lot of positive words to heal the wounds of just one negative word.

What you say to others today is filled with power.
We have a choice to encourage and build up or tear down.

James shares these words with us,
A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it!

It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.

This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!

My friends, this can’t go on. A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it? Apple trees don’t bear strawberries, do they? Raspberry bushes don’t bear apples, do they? You’re not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you? 
James 3:3-12 (The Message)

Love today

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug


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