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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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February 17, 2014 - Watch What You Say

By Dorothy Rugg

"Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice deeds of wickedness With men who do iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies" (Psalm 141:3,4, NASB).

Have you ever been hurt by some cutting remark? How did you feel? Have you ever lashed out in anger and later regretted what you said? Have you ever used your mouth to spread gossip, to tell lies, to curse, or even for crude behavior?

It is amazing to me how much power is in our tongues. We have the power to heal or to hurt, to praise or to curse, to speak nicely or harshly, to bring life or death. Throughout the Word there are many references given to our speech. Here are just a few:

"The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; the one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin" (Proverbs 13:3).

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer" (Psalm 19:14).

"Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person" (Colossians 4:6).

I believe our speech is important to us because God wants to get a message out to us. We must guard our mouths and the words that come from our lips. We must speak words of life, healing, and joy. We must use our mouths to speak that which is good.

In order for our speech to be good, our hearts have to be good. Our hearts need to be filled with the love of God. Ask the Father to help you. Maybe offer a prayer something like this:

Father I thank You for the gift of speech. I thank You that I can have fellowship through speech. Help me to guard the words that come from my lips. May I speak words of good and not evil. May my words bring life and not death. Thank You for helping me in this area of my life.

— Dorothy Rugg and husband James live in Dalton, Pa., and pastor Mill City Assembly of God.


 

 

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