Welcome to “How to Talk Like Jesus!” This special Wednesday Word series is timed for the holidays, when you spend time with some relatives and family friends who make you want to scream or sulk! Today you learn the secret of zipping your lips
While almost all of our communication is nonverbal, sometimes you must use words. Right? Unless you plan to play charades and take turns acting out in
Do you remember a nasty name someone hurled at you on the school playground? I’m sure you’d rather forget!
A new student in eighth grade and shy, I got the moniker “spacey,” no thanks to the mean girls, who increased their power via put downs. They trashed-talked me on the “predictions page” of the yearbook too, though I doubt the adult adviser picked up on it. The occupation they chose for me?Astronaut. When I read it, I felt like worming into a dime-sized hole. What hateful talk!
The best way to learn when not to talk is learning what God says about speech. Here are 2 guidelines. One of them is super encouraging.
1. Desire to Guard Your Lips
To make a meaningful change, you first want to want to change. It makes sense, doesn’t it? But it’s simple to say and hard to do!
A smoker needs to want t quit lighting up. A greedy person must now prefer becoming a giver. A liar becomes a truth-teller. A gossip desires to build up, not tear down, with her words.
King David prayed,
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3
He desired a change and prayed a prayer he knew God would honor. Would you like to change your speech too? May I encourage you to pray a similar prayer to Jesus?
2. Expect Fewer Problems!
Did you know that guarding your lips means you’ll have fewer problems? Listen to King Solomon.
He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles. Proverbs 21:23
Transforming your words helps you make a positive influence on the people around you and in yourself. Well-chosen words brings forgiveness, encouragement, praise, truth, grace, thankfulness, discretion, and happiness.
Since God has given you the gift of speech, isn’t is wise to talk like Jesus as best as you can?
Talk About It
What is one change in your talk you can choose to make today?
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