It Costs Nothing To Say Something Kind

Psalms 19:14  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Strong’s concordance says that the word, “acceptable” in this bible verse also means delight… God wants our spoken words to be acceptable, but more than that …He (God) wants our words to be delightful to hear.  He is always listening!

My Heavenly  Father has been working on me and my mouth for some time!!  It’s hard to walk in obedience to God, when he has given to you, people to love, but also who challenge you often in this “Work in progress” that God is doing in our lives.  But then… how can we practice walking in Gods kind of love and keeping our negative and hurting words to ourselves, if we don’t have someone to practice on!  My flesh wants to lash out… but my Heavenly Father ask that I make my words, ALL MY WORDS, delightful to hear… not only to Him, but to those around me.  He also requires that what I am meditating on in my mind and in my heart ….  be acceptable in HIS sight!!

Lord, I ask you to check me in my spirit before I open my mouth to speak… but even more, Lord… help me to always focus, thus meditate on whatsoever is true, whatsoever is honest, whatsoever is just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report….  look for the virtue in people, look for something to praise and think on these things… in their lives. Remember that our wonderful Savior, Jesus, said… You without sin cast the first stone.  Our hurtful, cutting, degrading words are like stones….  heaping on pain, embarrassment, fear, hurt feelings, broken hearts….. Gods Word also says that an offended person is harder to be won over than a strong city, and [their] contentions separate them like the bars of a castle.

Philippians 4:7-9  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Proverbs 18:19-21 A brother offended is harder to be won over than a strong city, and [their] contentions separate them like the bars of a castle. A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil]. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]. [Matt. 12:37.]

It costs nothing to say something kind. Even less to shut up altogether……Castle

 

BTW:  Do you KNOW my Savour?  Jesus is HIS NAME.

Sharon D. Middleton, Oklahoma City, Ok

MARRIAGE~                                                                                                                                                     Not on the rocks…  But on the Rock Christ Jesus

I think it’s harder when you’re young. You’re raised with different rules, parents, situations, lifestyles, ….the list can go on and on! It comes down to one thing. ~LOVE How much do you love each other, how hard are you willing to try, what’s most important to you, will the potential next marriage work any better… if you run into the same problems, or worse problems!!! My husband and I had a lot of things to work through, which could have led to divorce. But we talked… really talked. And we listened… really listened. And the most important part… we “LOVED” really loved. Words are easy to say. Don’t just listen to your mates words… but listen to and analyze your own words and intent. Listen to each others hearts… not words!! As we are heading towards our “50th” year of marriage…. I’m so glad neither of us gave up. The scripture below defines so clearly what “LOVE” really is… according to GOD…….

1 Corinthians 13~
IF I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody). Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing. Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].
For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect). But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded). When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside. For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God]. And so faith, hope, love abide [faith–conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope–joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love–true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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