My journey through Proverbs has been really good. The goal was to go through it the month of January, and I’m almost done. It’s been awhile since reading it, and I chose to read it in the Passion Translation this time. Good choice, I think. I read the verse above a couple of days ago. I am witness to the power of words and how they effect our mind. I’m not saying we can’t ever voice dissatisfaction with something, for we live in a world that is full of negative and it does impact us. I need to process that stuff and find my way back to the core belief that God will take the negative and turn it to positive when I speak his will. When I am able to ask him for his perspective on the people and events around me; it lifts me out of places of despair and gives me hope.
I have not been happy with some of the current events that continually hit the news. With each update I’ve pictured myself handing it over to God and praying for our current administration. Of course, God has everything under control, even when it doesn’t feel like it. So, the more I pray for the love of Jesus to wrap around our country and our globe, I practice speaking words of love and hope into each of the lives that might upset me.
“Guard your words and you’ll guard your life.” Proverbs 13:3
It’s a cycle. The words we speak influence the way we think and the way we think influences the words we speak! When we learn to guard our words we are literally guarding our lives from downfall! “Righteousness is like a shield of protection, guarding those who keep their integrity, but sin is the downfall of the wicked.” Proverbs 13:6 Righteousness means right-doing. Guarding our words is right-doing! Pursuing a mind that is pure and healthy brings us power to change negative environments.
“Every wise woman encourages and builds up her family, but a foolish woman over time will tear it down by her own actions. Lovers of truth follow the right path because of their wonderment and worship of God.” Proverbs 14:1-2 “The words of a proud fool will all come back to haunt him. But the words of the wise will become a shield of protection around them.” verse 3. Powerful, right? I’ve seen evidence of both the negative and the positive words in the lives around me. I’ve seen families break down and be destroyed due to the foolish words spoken and the haunting consequences, and I’ve seen the powerful healing of wise words working in the minds and lives of families and changing everything! Choosing positive, life healing words will save your life and the lives of those around you!
Are you in a cycle of words and thoughts, thoughts and words? I encourage you to pray to God and ask him to highlight the cycle so you are aware and then break it down so you will find freedom. He will lead you on the needed path to bring healing to your words, mind, and those you associate with.
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