Growing up, I was around adults who did not speak kindly and without affirmation. I determined to be one who would speak only love and teach my children the power of the spoken word and to speak love, joy, and life into their lives. The following are some thoughts, with the Lords' help, I gave as my children were growing up:
Listen to your mother and remember your speech holds the power of life and death…. choose life…
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Your words may be restful, clean, pure, and refreshing as it overflows without effort. Or it may be contaminated with the anxieties of this life and the impurities that attack the mind.
Righteousness is whom you trust and whom you live with. It is abiding in the vine and trusting the vine to work through you.
The fountain of Living Water makes our mouths pure and life giving by becoming our resource.
Do your words feed people with the truth and substance of what you say? Or does it, starve people through silence or empty speech…?
Do your words heal people with words of grace, love and kindness? Or does it, wound people with insensitive, harsh, critical and unhelpful words…?
Do your words deliver and protect people with advocacy and justice? Or does it, join the attack…?
Timely words spoken ….. Lovely as apples of gold in a silver basket.
Listen to these words and it will be well with your soul….
"When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need-words that will help others become stronger." Ephesians 4:29 (NCV)