The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious
and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
 Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
 There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
 A worker’s appetite works for him;
his mouth urges him on.
 A worthless man plots evil,
and his speech is like a scorching fire.
 A dishonest man spreads strife,
and a whisperer separates close friends.
 A man of violence entices his neighbor
and leads him in a way that is not good.
 Whoever winks his eyes plans dishonest things;
he who purses his lips brings evil to pass. (ESV)
The Barnabas Man has been up and running for sometime now and I feel it is important to get back to the “WHY” of the group. Encouragement. Take these few sentences from Proverbs which are just a very small portion of scripture that touch on the POWER of our words. I encourage us to think through our day yesterday and determine how many words we delivered that empowered or built up others? Were there a few sentences mixed into your speech that may not have been helpful to another? Were there a few paragraphs?
Often, I forget the influence OR I simply under estimate the influence and power of my own words. Yet through time with the Father and hearing others speak back into my life the lesson occurs again and again. We are the MOUTHPIECE of Christ. There are so many sources of influence that non-believers may choose to listen to yet we, ourselves, can have the ability to deliver. We also have the ability to destroy and discourage. What is your choice this morning? Can it be that simple to absolutely refuse to NOT talk negative about someone? Is it possible to refuse to allow angry words or destructive speech leave our mouths today?
Commit with me to use each opportunity, towards others, friends, strangers, even foe, to completely fill, encourage, and build up the receivers of our words. COMMIT to control of our tongues and see how one day feels using self-control and positive words in every moment of interaction. Have you tried this approach or have the “feelings” and emotions been your source of word choice? If you feel as though it is too hard I encourage you to take your day back with the three questions in Bob Beaudine’s 2 CHAIRS….
-Does God know your situation?
-Is it too hard for Him to handle?
-Does He have a good plan for you?
If you think there is a 2% chance of the Father listening to you ask these questions today I can assure you there is a 100% chance HE DOES! Every one that hears from you today is making a mental recording of your words. Your son, daughter, wife, friend, co-worker, boss, teammate… each one of them has been waiting to hear you tell them “great job, awesome, you can do it, thank you, WAY TO GO!”
We absolutely know what this does for us when we hear it from someone else to us, so WHY WOULD WE CONTINUE TO ROB OTHERS OF THIS BLESSING WE CAN PERFORM?
Father, guide every word that we deliver this morning. Help us to TRULY be encouragers to every one we speak to TODAY. We will do our part to accept your forgiveness for yesterday and not worry about tomorrow God, but give us TODAY to start and build and encourage. Let our words become “sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”