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Words are Like Arrows

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If you took an inventory of every single word that you spoke what do you think that you would find out about yourself? Have you ever thought about it?

God cares about the words that come out of our mouths. How many negative words do you think that you speak on a daily basis – words that are cursing your life or cursing others lives? Sometimes we don’t give it any thought. We can be driving down the road and someone cuts us off and we call them a stupid idiot or worse… is that right? Are they really a stupid idiot or did they simply not see our car there? When addressing our spouse or children, what words are we speaking over them?

The Bible is clear that we must choose to either speak life or death, blessing or cursing. I hope that after reading this, God will prick our hearts and we will only choose life and blessings.

The words that we speak have a long-lasting effect – they go out into the atmosphere and stay there forever. We cannot take our words back. We can rebuke words from bearing fruit but if we spoke death or cursing to someone directly, it is sometimes difficult for people to forget those words because they can cut so deeply.

Sometimes it is best to be silent rather than to speak in order to avoid saying something that is hurtful to a person. God wants us to speak life and to build people up and to fill our mouths with praise and thanksgiving to Him. He made us in His image. He spoke things into existence. We do the same but then we wonder why we are defeated, tired all of the time, in pain all of the time, in lack all of the time…. Could it be because we spoke it into our lives?

Below are just a few scriptures of what God has to say about the importance of our words and also a few declarations that you can make using the scriptures to help you to speak life.

James 3:10 (NKJV) For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 

Jeremiah 9:8 (HCSB) Their tongues are deadly arrows — they speak deception. With his mouth a man speaks peaceably with his friend, but inwardly he sets up an ambush.

Ephesians 5:19 (HCSB) speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music from your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for everything to God the Father

Proverbs 10:11 (NLT) The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.

Proverbs 13:3 (NLT) Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.

1 Peter 3:10 (NLT) If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.

Ecclesiastes 3:7b (HCSB) a time to be silent and a time to speak;

Declarations:

Psalm 19:14 (HCSB) May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

Proverbs 16:23-24 (NLT) From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

Psalm 49:3 (NKJV) My mouth shall speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.

Psalm 141:3 Lord, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips

Isaiah 50:4 (HCSB) The Lord God has given Me the tongue of those who are instructed to know how to sustain the weary with a word.

 

 

 

 

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Brutally Simple Love

Brutally simple means that the core teaching is easily understood, but it's difficult to live out.

Love is the core of the Bible. In Mark 12 Jesus was asked about the greatest commandments…the ones that are most important to which Jesus answered "Love God. Love others".  Romans 13 tells us the Law is summed up in one command of loving your neighbor. When we love others we don't gossip, lie, cheat or abuse. The entire Law is fulfilled by love. By loving ALL people, then the laws would be kept. So, what blocks love in our lives?

A brief list would include

  1. Being judgmental. You don't like someone and you hold it against them. 
  2. Prejudice. You don't like a particular group of people. 
  3. Insecurity. You don't like yourself, so you don't like others. 
  4. Rationalization. You have been hurt by someone so you feel that you have the right to hurt them. 
  5. Pride. You feel you are better than others. 

Now that we have looked at a few things that block love in our lives, let’s focus on "how to love".

Two things stand out when learning how to love. First, we must be able to accept love. If we don't believe we are loved, then it's impossible to love God and love others the way we are designed. 1 John 4 tells us God loved us first. Unconditionally!

Romans 5:8 says that God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. God did not wait until we had things together before loving us. This is important to understand. God demonstrated His love and showed us how to love by sending Jesus. God did not ask us to accept love based on words but on actions.

Love produces evidence. It's not just a feeling. Love is deployed through proof. God says "I Love you" and follows it with action.

The second part of learning how to love is summed up in one word "ACT" We must act with love, not simply say we love. Jesus gave a new command. The old command was to love God and love each other. The new command is that we take the old command and love God and others in the exact same way as Jesus. 1 John says, "we don't love with words, but action," Matthew 5 tells us "Jesus doesn't ask that we simply love our enemies, he tells us to use positive actions to prove we love our enemies.

God proved His love for us. Will you accept His love? God asks that we prove our love for Him and others. How will you do this?

 Here's a checklist to remember

  1. To discover "true love" we must be able to accept love.
  2. Recognize love is less about emotion and more about action.
  3. Love produces evidence! ACT!!!!!
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