Do you ever say something and immediately think, Why did I just say that??? or Where did THAT come from? Many times, especially when we aren’t at our best (for me this happens mostly when I am tired or hungry), we say things that we didn’t mean or that we wish we could just take back altogether. I want to share with you 3 ways you can begin to speak life into others with your words.
You see the big problem with words is that once they are spoken, they are out there and we cant take them back. Thankfully we can be forgiven but those words may not be quickly forgotten. Words are powerful and it is important for us to get them right or to learn to keep our mouth shut until we can form the right ones.
So how can we be sure that what we are going to say will be helpful and speak life into others? How can we prepare for those important conversations with our children, our spouse, our friends, a difficult co-worker, or someone who really needs a little hope?
What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6:45
Oh, so not so easy then. What we say is connected to our hearts. So to control our mouths, we need to take special notice of the condition of our hearts. I was hoping for an easier answer, werent you? How can we begin to do that?!?!
Well, for starters, we don’t have to do it on our own and couldn’t even if we tried. We desperately need God’s help and we need to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit on a day-by-day and even conversation-by-conversation basis.
Here are 3 things you can do to start speaking life into others with your words:
- Pray: Ask God to show you anything in your heart that isn’t pleasing to Him so that together, you can clean it up and move forward in good relationship with Him each day. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 NLT
- Study His Word: By studying God’s Word, we can know what to do and say. I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 NLT
- Screen Your Input: Remember the children’s song O Be Careful, Little Eyes What You See? It is true that what are you reading, watching, and listening to affects what you do and what you say. These things are influencers in your life and you want to be sure they are being a good influence and not a bad influence. Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise. Ephesians 5:15
Lord help us to clean up our hearts so that they are pleasing to You! We want the words that come out of our mouths to be encouraging and helpful to others. To do this, we need to first give you full access to our hearts. Lead us by Your Spirit to say only what is helpful, necessary, and true.