One of my life’s desires is to be like the one being described by the prophet Isaiah whom the Lord had given a tongue like the learned and knew how to speak a word in the appropriate time to someone who was weary (Is. 50:4). One who encouraged, comforted, uplifted, and inspired others by his words. I believe he was prophesying about the Messiah. Which brings us to God’s own desire for us – that is, to be Christ-like.
The Lord Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Mat. 12:34). What do we keep in abundance in our hearts? Is it abundance of treasures – His words, His teachings, the fruit of His Spirit? Or abundance of everything of this world? What we meditate upon in our hearts and minds will spill over our own lips.
When I was in high school, I loved collecting and memorizing classic quotations. One of them which I had not forgotten was this: “Speak kind words and you will hear kind echoes.” So true! For even King David spoke of the Lord thus: “With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful” (Psalm 18:25).
My heart’s desire and fervent prayer is that, my mind, heart, and tongue will be governed by the law of kindness and wisdom, just like the woman in Proverbs 31. To speak carefully and gently, and not recklessly or harshly. To speak words that bring healing. Ah, what a tremendous blessing that would be! For we reap what we sow.
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (Prov. 12:18 NIV)
And this is also my desire for our entire family, hence, we do not stop to pray, to remain fully surrendered to the Lord, and to continue to walk humbly with our God.
May we walk in the way of kindness, showing our genuine love to one another through our words that encourage and edify, and spoken in season.
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