There is a need for words, in prayer, in relationship, in mission. (Let no one tell you otherwise.) But in the space between the words, there is also revelation and communication. And there is concealment of some sort. (Jesus did not reveal himself completely to others.) Let the former be honest, and keep the latter from being malicious.
Let us seek to have “the good will of all the people” Acts 2.47, by being people of compassion and commitment. Above all, let us give heart, soul, and mind to the Lord. “O Lord, teach me how you want me to live! Then I will obey your commands. Make me wholeheartedly committed to you!” Psalm 86.11.
Keep your word. Don’t make promises lightly.
The broken word will also break a friendship
Or marriage, that long-time vow. The tongue is mighty
To bind or loose, to build or fully destroy.
Incautious lips remove the one most precious;
The flippant phrase is the thief of peace and joy.
Ed’s devotional for Jan. 3 focuses on words as the overflow of the heart.
O that my heart might possess
The accents of His graciousness;
That every word I breathe may bless.
For those who mourn, a note of cheer;
A word of hope for those in fear;
And love for all—both far and near.
May it be said of me
Your speech betrays Thee.
You are like the One from Galilee.
I assume this poetry is his.
Let our speech “betray” us as belonging to the Lord Jesus.
Focus question: As I listen today to my words, what do they reveal about my heart? How to fill my heart with God?
Seems like, correct me if I’m wrong, that most of our energies and words are direct toward the faithful. Doesn’t seem proper, somehow.
To say more with fewer words, thereby making them weigh more and have greater effect for good, is a most worthy exercise.
The power of words: “… his rhetoric alone has caused a steep decline in illegal border crossings.”