“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Eph. 4:29
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,…” Proverbs 18:21
“What did you say?” I asked a loved one over the telephone.
I thought I knew what he had said. But I wanted to make sure. So I asked again. Then the same answer.
Mumble mumble. Slur slur. Slurred words.
The phone? Bad connection? Mumbled words? Didn’t matter. I knew what I thought I had heard was true. He really had said what I thought he had. Unbelievable. Amazing. Beautiful. Some of the most powerful words I have ever heard. The Lord had sent him. And someone else not too long before that. With this message.
“I’m proud of you,” my loved one said.
Why? For the time I had spent in my most recent location out on the road full-time for the Lord and ministry. And for going to the next location where the Lord was sending me.
Moving from place to place with my few belongings, my Bible and laptop and sweet special needs & senior dogs and their belongings, at 50 years old on my own with Jesus and a car with about 240,000 miles, well, I’m the last person in the world who ever thought I’d live a life like this one. But here I am. And if there’s anything I could have used that day from a loved one, it was this.
LOVE. ENCOURAGEMENT. HOPE. UPLIFTING WORDS. EDIFYING WORDS. LIFE-CHANGING WORDS. KINDNESS.
Know something, friend? God’s greatest commands are to love Him with all our hearts and others as ourselves, and we who believe in and follow Jesus are to SPEAK LIFE, to SPEAK AND ACT IN AND WITH LOVE, and to EDIFY OTHERS, and to ENCOURAGE and COMFORT ONE ANOTHER!
I had been feeling a little wilted from the fatigue of going through yet another major transition and thanks to a few people I dearly love not being so very kind and encouraging when I shared my news with them. But then along came this loved one who acted as a mouthpiece for the Lord. I felt like a little flower rising upward in the sunshine, drinking in nourishment. The nourishment of love and kindness.
What a beautiful reminder, isn’t it, that how we talk to people is so exceedingly important. Countless times in my life even as a devoted Christ follower I have fallen short with my words. The Lord is teaching me to use my words to love and glorify Him and to love and bless and help others in His name.
Those words that had sounded garbled, well, I hadn’t been hearing things. They were a few precious life-changing words that acted as nourishment to a slightly parched soul so very thankful for the words of encouragement given me.
Will you join me in surrendering our mouths to the Lord that He might use them to love others in His name for His glory?