Monday, 25 May 2009
Watch your words
Had an incredible few weeks at church - Roy's series on Cursing and Blessing was just powerful. Once again I am challenged to 'watch my mouth' as the words flowing out have power to shape my (and others) destiny (negative or positive)
“The language we use to communicate with one another is like a knife. In the hands of a careful and skilled surgeon, a knife can work to do great good. But in the hands of a careless or ignorant person, a knife can cause great harm.”
Exactly as it is with our words.”
What happens when I speak? Words spoken are more than a sound, they are a creative force (Prov 18:21) By changing the words you speak you can change your life experience. You can actually use the force of your words to change your feelings (2Cor 12:10)
Study the book of Proverbs - many verses speak of words as having incredible potential and influence in our everyday lives.
Proverbs 16:24 (Amplified Bible)
Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the mind and healing to the body.
Proverbs 11:11 (New Living Translation)
Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper, but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.
Proverbs 13:2 (New International Version)
From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things
Proverbs 12:18 (New International Version)
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 18:21 (New Living Translation)
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
Over the next few months, we at WOF are embarking on a mission to live 'complaint-free' - "Do everything without complaining" (Phil 2:14)
I remember Roy sharing a story with us of a monk who was only allowed to speak 2 words every 7 years. At the end of his first seven years, his overseer asked him what he would like to say. He said, "Bed hard", and turned and walked back to his silent world. At the end of another 7 years the overseer asked him what he would like to say. He said, "Food bad". After another 7 years , the overseer once again asked him what he would like to say. He said, "I quit". "It's a good job", said the overseer, "All you do is complain!"
You see it's not about how often we complain, but rather how much of your conversation is complaining in nature.
I'm working hard to stop complaining from creeping into my conversation.