Words matter

The words of a wise man’s mouth uwin him favor,3

but vthe lips of a fool consume him.

13  The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness,

and the end of his talk is evil madness.

14  wA fool multiplies words,

though no man knows what is to be,

and who can tell him xwhat will be after him?

15  The toil of a fool wearies him,

for he does not know ythe way to the city.

16  zWoe to you, O land, when your king is a child,

and your princes feast in the morning!

17  Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility,

and your princes feast at the proper time,

for strength, and not for adrunkenness!

18  Through sloth the roof sinks in,

and through indolence the house leaks.

19  Bread is made for laughter,

and bwine gladdens life,

and cmoney answers everything.

20  Even in your thoughts, ddo not curse the king,

nor in your ebedroom curse the rich,

for a bird of the air will carry your voice,

or some winged creature tell the matter.

Ecclesiastes 10:12-20

 

I know we can all use a little practice when it comes to the words we speak.

Speaking to myself today, the statements by Solomon are wise counsel for us. For every time we open our mouth we are choosing to bless or break. The power of words has such an impact often we allow them to fly out of our mouths without thinking and seldom remember back to think through how they may have been received. Even something as simple as the Barnabas Man blog was itself created for this very purpose. What if every relationship a man had was from someone that was blessing them with words of encouragement, constructive criticism, building up of his soul and consistent accountability?  Would those not be words we would like to hear?

Perhaps we look at our posts on social media or our responses at home to a wife or child? If the tape recorder was catching everything that came out of our mouth would the Lord we serve be honored? Simple as it may sound to break it down like this but friends, simple it is not. Understanding and heartfelt effort to think through our speech BEFORE it reaches our lips will serve us well.

Again, I am speaking to myself here. This past weekend i failed at representing a man that loves others as Christ loves the church. Thankfully I have today to be forgiven. I have a spouse that takes effort to reach out to me to repair and replace the words I choose with words of grace and patience.

hear this last part of Solomon’s Statement:

Even in your thoughts, ddo not curse the king,

nor in your ebedroom curse the rich,

for a bird of the air will carry your voice,

or some winged creature tell the matter.

We have to start as far back as the mind before the words are turned from our thoughts! and yet even be careful still to avoid gossip as the wind may carry  our words away.

Lord, get before us today in thought. Get in front of our words and our tone and arrest the negative and selfish within us Father. We long to speak to others as you speak to us, love, patience, grace, kindness, forgiveness. Lord, the more we practice this we know the more you can do in our lives. Be our voice God that we may reflect you. Amen

Author: Brenden Kurtz

Kingdom now. A Life interrupted by the Great I am. Project love unto others, both known and unknown, & to elevate one's attitude and aptitude. www.barnabasman.com

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