Thursday, September 29, 2016

This Sunday @ Locust Hill UMC: The Way We Speak:::: ENCOURAGEMENT

The average adult will speak 20,000 words a day. The Way We Speak carries a great amount of power to do good or to do harm. It is the voice by which God chooses to bring about good in this world. God spoke creation into being. Jesus when healing someone could have just touched them and that was it but he spoke healing and wellness over them. Paul echoes this that are words are to give life. We are to be stingy with our words. Everything we say is sacred. Everything. 

Our hope over these past few weeks is that we might use our words in way that is holy, uplifting, and encouraging. We choose to focus not on the negative but in the miraculous that surrounds us. It is normal to complain. It is the negative that attracts us but it also the negative that calls our gaze away from what God is doing in our midst. 

There is no doubt that resist the urge to gossip and complain is difficult. Many of us these past few weeks realized this. As we end this series we might see how powerful an encouraging word might be and how much those words lift our souls whether it is through a spoken word or a written letter. 

Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouth but only that which is good so that those hearing might receive grace. Who is it in your life that needs an encouraging word? Who is it in your life that you are challenged to love... instead of gossiping or complaining... how about using our words to pray... or much more to reach out and encourage them?

May God be with us on this journey as we remember the Way We Speak matters. Do Good!