Our words. They can build someone up or tear someone down in the same moment. Our words are so powerful that we can hear what someone else *might* have said to someone else *possibly* about us, and our entire emotional state can go from one end of the spectrum to the other.
As moms, our words have the power to encourage our children and affirm who they are in Christ… or our words can break them down little by little until they begin to question their worth and our love for them. As wives, our words can speak love, support and respect into our husbands… or our words can belittle them into thinking they’re bumbling fools.
I read a study once that concluded that women tend to bond over negativity. Two women meet and are engaged in small talk. The conversation isn’t going well and it’s hard to really catch a topic… until they discover a common dislike. Then, they can go on for hours discovering all the hate they have in common. Confession time… I can think of more than one friendship of mine that started this very way.
My current Bible study, Discerning the Voice of God, asked us to name a few areas or behaviors that we would have never thought twice about before deciding to follow Jesus. There were a few things on my list, but gossip was one of them. I not only didn’t give it a second thought, I craved it. I wanted to know how messed up everyone else was. I wanted to know that “at least I don’t have that problem.” And I wanted to be the one to heard the latest *news* first.
You know, it’s no wonder that many of my friendships during that season didn’t last.
But God. He’s a God of forgiveness. A God of heart-change. A God of relationship.
Mark 16:15 tells us to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.” So friends, I ask you. are your words spreading gossip… or the gospel?
I’m a big believer in memorizing Scripture. I believe that when we fill our minds with the Word of God, the lies of the enemy have no room to creep in. When God’s Word is so firmly written on our hearts, those are the words we turn to in the heat of a moment.
Over the next 30 days, I’m writing through the Word. I’ve selected 30 verses, and I’m praying the Spirit will work in me and sanctify my words, thoughts and actions. I pray He will renew my mind and that my words will spread only encouragement, Truth, and Love. I pray that I will flee from spreading the latest “news” and that I will spread only His Good News.
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