“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
“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thess. 5:11
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34
“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,…” Proverbs 15:4
“I’m calling to give you some words of encouragement,” I essentially said when leaving a message on a friend’s voice mail. She wasn’t available to talk, or, rather, to listen, but that didn’t stop me from telling her why I had called. I had called to do something I am now compelled to share with you in this message.
TO ENCOURAGE A SISTER IN THE LORD.
TO LOVE A FRIEND IN CHRIST’S NAME.
TO EDIFY ANOTHER.
TO USE WORDS TO LIFT SOMEONE UP.
TO DELIVER AN UPLIFTING MESSAGE TO ANOTHER.
I didn’t just receive the opportunity after leaving that message to encourage my friend. I have had many opportunities to do so with her, and many opportunities to do so with others. With friends. With loved ones. With strangers. With countless people. All for God’s glory. All in obedience to God’s greatest commands to love Him with all our hearts and to love others as ourselves. And with God’s calling us in the New Testament to edify others. And to speak words of grace to those who hear us.
I have been prone to negativity my whole life, and I have used words countless times to bring people down, to lash out at them, to hurt them, to manipulate them, to control them, to complain about my life and circumstances, to tear others down, etc.
Though I strive to leave this in the past, I am still prone to it if I’m not careful and need to repent before God and seek the forgiveness of others when I fall into this which thankfully happens less and less often. Just as I have learned what not to do with my mouth, I am learning and practicing daily what I should do with my mouth!
The Lord who is continually refining me and teaching me how to purify my heart of everything that offends Him is teaching me day by day to use words to bring Him glory, to proclaim Him, to share the Gospel message, to minister to people, to express thanksgiving to Him and to others, to magnify and exalt and praise and worship Him, and TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS.
The times in which we live are filled more than ever it seems with negativity, violence, evil, darkness, tragedy, divorce, brokenness, meanness, cruelty, etc.
What an awesome opportunity we who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ have to go out of our way, to deny self, to keep our hearts pure for Jesus, to be ever filled with God’s Spirit and with His Word, and to use our purified hearts and mouths and words to LOVE THE LORD and to LOVE AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS in His name FOR HIS GLORY, hallelujah, AMEN!