TUESDAY JULY 29, 2003
The tongue. Here is one that I could
probably do a month's worth of Devotion's around. You can read the entire 3rd
chapter of the Book of James in less than 5 minutes. Please, take that 5
minutes today and do it. It is amazing how living a successful Christian life
really boils down to a few things. The foundation of course is our daily
relationship with Christ. It ALL starts there. Sin is a manifestation of
what is in our hearts. You don't commit the act of adultery until is starts
in your heart, moves to your head, and finally is performed by your body.
Hatred is a condition of the heart. Having your heart right is the key to how
you live your life, and the actions you perform day in and day out.
Even though we are talking today about our tongue, that organ that we use to
speak with, the things we say start in our heart, move to our head, and are
manifested in our conversation. We can never talk about taming our tongue until
we talk about taming our heart. We can never talk about the things we
say until we talk about the genesis of those words. As long as I have breath
and you read these Devotionals, I will implore you to realize that the key
to having a pure heart is having a daily relationship with Christ. An intimate,
vibrant, real relationship, from which our heart and life are guided by.
Understanding that what we say is born in our heart, then thoughts, let me
encourage you today to understand the power of the things you say to other
people. We can accomplish so much with our conversation, while we can also
destroy so much. I believe it is critical to use our conversation to build
people up. There is so much negativity in the world today. We should always
take the opportunity when speaking to people to lift them up, to be an
encouragement to them.
I also believe that we have to use conversation to be honest with people. Most
counseling situations I am in are as a result of lack of communication. For
whatever reason, we don't say what we should, we aren't clear about our
feelings, we don't express our thoughts enough, and the lack of
communication over a period of time festers into major conflicts.
I am a firm believer of being upfront and honest. Even if it is uncomfortable
and painful, it is better to get it out and deal with it, before it becomes even
larger problem. Of course, our conversation is also the gift the Lord has given
us to tell others He is our hope and reason for life. I have talked the last
few days about witnessing. While we witness through how we live our life, we
also witness by communicating the hope we have in Christ. The easiest and most
effective way is to simply tell others what Jesus has done in our life. You
don't need to be a bible scholar to tell people how He has impacted your life.
I love you, I care for you, I pray for you daily. My encouragement for you
today is to take inventory of your conversation. Be aware of the things you
say, how you say it, and the impact it has on others. Sometimes you have
situations where you just have to sit down and have a serious conversation.
You can always use God's gift of communication to build someone up, to encourage
NEVER miss that opportunity. People need someone to lift them up, encourage
them along the way. It can make all the difference in their day. Be aware
of the power what you say is. Be aware of what you say before you say it. Be
aware that if you are not happy with the things that come out of your mouth,
then you need to pray for the Lord to show you what is really in your heart.
You don't speak by accident. It starts in your heart. Pray that prayer
today..."create in me a clean heart Lord". God will always honor the prayer of
His child to be like Him.
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
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