“You are not the only one that is going through some struggles, challenges and obstacles. There is no need to be too hard on yourself. This too will surely pass away just like all that you have been through in the past. Stay strong and keep your faith alive. God is on your side.”
― Edmond Mbiaka
This quote has really encouraged me. I am especially hard on myself. I have blogged previously about the voices in my head that are full of self-condemnation and unrealistic expectations. Hang around them long enough, and you start to believe them. Once they start, they never quite stop. They transmit on megaphones with a loop option.
I have seen the power of words play out in my life. Interestingly, yesterdays post was about the life-giving power of words. I want to frame this verse to serve as a daily reminder that I will give an account of the words I speak.
Matthew 12:36 (NIV)
I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
Other versions say, idle word.
The truth is I have no control over the words that I have spoken in the past, but I do have control over the words that I will speak today and in the days to come.
Every time I have a turnover of negative words, I remember this verse.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been asking God to heal my heart, show me the root hurt that has tainted my speech and view, and to lead me in the way everlasting.
What hurts have you buried in your heart that result in negative speech?
Today, with God’s help, I choose to speak words of life, words that will edify and build. Words that will display God’s love first of all to myself, the to my family and finally, to the world.
Have you been speaking kindly to yourself? your family and the world?
How can you ensure you speak words of life?
What reward system can you put in place?
The prayer of the day:
Thank you for this day. Thank you for Your grace that never runs out on me. Father, please forgive me for the idle words that I have spoken to myself and others. They have indeed gone out and cause harm rather than good. Please illuminate Your light in my heart that You may reveal the hurt hidden in the crevices that cause me to speak words of death.
I invite You to heal my heart, renew my mind and lead me in the way everlasting. Give me a desire for Your Word, that I may hide it in my heart and it will be readily available on my lips.
I desire to worship You with my speech.
I love and adore you.
In Jesus name I pray and believe,
The song of the day:
Don’t give up! You are loved. Speak life over yourself and those you love.
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