Today’s word for June 13, 2011


From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things,
but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.
Proverbs 13:2

I, for one believe that we should always be thinking and speaking positively. I do not go as far as to share the position of those who say that words repeated often end up becoming a reality as if a magic formula or a mantra could have power over creation. Positive thoughts help us to maintain positive attitudes. Negative thoughts, on the other hand can only hurt the heart. Same goes with the words we speak. The bad words, i.e. bad sayings or curse talk, can only bring evil to our lives. Good words, in turn, bring blessing upon us and upon those around us. A person who is constantly engaged in speaking ill of his neighbor will have to accept that people who listen to him will take him for someone who cannot be trusted with much information. The risk of this person misusing the information provided is too large. In contrast, a benign and caring person who always has a word of encouragement or recognition in their lips for those around him, will be sought by those who need good advice for their lives. His teachings and exhortations will always be in high demand and people will have a good opinion of him and he will enjoy the approval and good wishes of others.

Remember what the apostle Paul said in his letter to the Galatians: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” What are you sowing with your thoughts and your conversation? Do you speak well of others, or do you express yourself bitterly of your neighbor? Do you think what you’re going to say before actually saying it? Are your words constructive or destructive? Do you speak always the truth? Is your everyday language suitable for all audiences or limited to mature audiences? Speak always well and you will enjoy good things from the fruit of your lips and you will grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man, as our incomparable Lord Jesus Christ, our example par excellence. To God alone be the glory!

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