Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Love it -- I want to listen well.. wanna sincerely thank and have no vain talk come from my tongue. The Bible says, "Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt." Colossians 4:6

How can you use your words for good today?

I feel thankful for health, for my family, and to be living in the USA where we can worship freely. In so many Lands you can't without brutal consequences. Let's be content and give thanks daily -- it's based on who we know and appreciate. Verbalize your praise to God. Express your feelings and gratitude openly ..and sometimes loudly. Shout unto God with the voice of triumph. Sometimes.. we offer the sacrifice of praise to God. The Bible tell us to give thanks to the Lord (not only when we feel like it). Sometimes the things that seemed bad, really turned out to be a good thing for me. The Lord is good and for those who love Him.. He's working all things together for good.

Thanksgiving is known for being a day of conversations (sometimes with strange relatives) and to stuff ourselves before we go shopping. Do you say thanks? You know how easy it is for us to take our blessings for granted. Remember, gratitude is so important for any relationship and conversation.

Do you still pen handwritten notes of encouragement and love for those you care about? A lost art. Why not? 
What do your words say about you as a person -- are you a peacemaker or a troublemaker? Do you pray to build up and plant seeds of faith during the holidays? What’s your inner spirit, motives, your tone and attitude like? 
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt. Colossians 4:6
The Jesus of the Bible prayed for us. He made peace between God the Father and me a troublemaker-sinner. Do you converse with God about your friends who are or might still be troublemakers... like before you converse with them about Him? 
Not too many words from me, God. I pray You'll guide my conversations today, Lord Jesus. Plant seeds when You want I speak and listen. May the clean words I choose uplift, edify, glorify the Father, comfort the hurting, yes, minister well to You and to others. Anoint my words, bless and encourage others towards You.. and build em up rather than tear em down. Help me. Use me.. please. May You be pleased with what You hear from me. Reap the lost into Your non-stoppable Kingdom of agape love. Praise You Lord -- I love you the most.

Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyoneColossians 4:6

Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Psalm 103:2
Q. How can you, me.. how can we.. make the most of the words we speak? A. By going vertical before and while (silently) going horizontal as we listen and talk.. while practicing consistently clean speech with a pure heart.. that's just filled with love and scriptural truth. 
Lord, help me get your truth through with out using many old Bible terms, and help me in the language of today define some of those terms when it's helpful to. 
Pray.. it’s just casual conversation, getting real, with gnarly straightforward and candid honesty sometimes. Be respectful, but know that God can handle it. You can trust the Lord. Pray in the name of Jesus and you’ll get through..yes, connect. 

Are you ready to talk with and get right with the Lord today? Yeah, here and now is good. Why procrastinate, why put this off.. cuz not to respond is to respond. Nothing and no relationship is more important. For Him or against Him, no in-between. Christ is so patient, but none here are promised tomorrow (we humans just don't know how long we'll be here) and not to answer Him is to answer Him. God, please make us all we were made for. 

Do you ever talk to yourself? Perhaps kind of a weird question for you? Not really sure if do... or how often I do that? Doctors says we all do that at times. But in the Bible, the psalmists often talked to themselves in the Psalms. The author of Psalm 116 is no exception. In verse 7 he writes, “Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.” Reminding himself of God’s kindness and faithfulness in the past is a practical comfort and help to him in the present. We see “conversations” like this frequently in the Psalms. In Psalm 103:1 David tells himself, “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” And in Psalm 62:5 he affirms, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” 

It’s a good thaaang.. to remind ourselves of God’s truth.. of His faithfulness and the living hope that we have in Christ. We can indeed follow the example of the psalmist and spend some time praying, and specifically naming the many ways that God has been good to us. It's almost Thanksgiving now, but we can give thanks all years long and as we do, He'll be blessed and we’ll be encouraged in our faith. 
James says of the tongue, it's “a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell” (James 3:6. A false statement made here or backbiting there, a vicious remark somewhere else, and relationships are destroyed. “The words of the reckless pierce like swords,” says Proverbs 12:18, “but the tongue of the wise brings healing”. Just as fire has both destructive and useful elements, so “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (18:21).
For conversation that reflects God’s presence in us and pleases Him, let it “always be with grace” (Col. 4:6). People really need gentleness and respect, mercy, kindness, charity -- grace and truth. When expressing our opinions during disagreements, let’s ask God to help us choose wholesome language that brings honor to Him.
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