Your words have power! And the sooner you assimilate this principle, the more you – and everyone around you – will benefit from it and avoid suffering. Meditate on this post and learn 3 attitudes to optimize your words.
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Continuing the series The 10 Commandments of the Family, today we will see the 9th value that should be cultivated in our homes, and it refers to the good use of our speech.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.Exodus 20:16
The Importance of the Spoken Word
The Bible shows us that “God said” and all things were created by his word. God’s word has creative power. The author to the Hebrews says that He also sustains all things by His powerful word, and by faith we understand that the universe was formed by the word of God so that what is seen was not made of what is visible.
Then, He gave that same power exclusively to the human being. That is, through your words you create your future. This requires intelligence and care on your part.
3 Steps to Optimize Your Words
What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.Psalm 34:12-13
Words always have consequences. It is with love that we share with you 3 practical attitudes to live happy days:
1. Listen More and Speak Less
We have two ears and only one mouth. And this is for a reason. So, listen more and talk less.
This attitude is really simple. You just have to pay attention to people while talking to you. Do not interrupt while others speak – sometimes the temptation is strong. Another interesting practice is to use questions so that you allow others to speak while you listen. This proves your humility and nobility.
Solomon, the wisest king of all time, said that even a fool seems to be wise when he is quiet. And in Brazil, we say that those who talk a lot say good morning to horses. Better to avoid talking too much, and also to avoid those who talk too much, because it is a problem for sure.
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.James 4:16
2. Select Your Words Well
From your spoken words, you and others will reap rewards in the long term. So select your words well. Rapha and I value every word, and we do not accept any slight deviation from the truth in our family’s communication. And it has become a healthy habit in our home.
The Bible says that the father of lies is the devil. This is very serious and needs to be taught to our children. A lie may not harm another person, but it will always harm the person who spoke it. So invest in your speech so that your family’s culture is always grace and truth. A child of God who enjoys his blessings has a non-negotiable commitment to the truth.
Also, make it a habit to say what you want in your future. Instead of saying “I’m so tired” say “today my rest will be deserved”. What helps to say that you are tired? Helps to generate more tiredness in advance. But by declaring that you will have rest, you will have rest.
Your words really matter and create your future. As you say, it will be tomorrow and so on.
The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.Jesus, Matthew 12:35-37
3. Exchange the Complaint for Gratitude
No matter what the circumstances, however bad they may be. God is always good. And I’m sure you have more reason to give thanks than to complain. So change words of complaint to words of gratitude.
This is the advanced level! When you refuse to complain about the wheater, the decisions of other people, and everything around you, you will be flying high to a destination of abundant blessings.
Here I emphasize that you need to keep your mouth from speaking ill of people. Whoever you are, and whatever that person’s attitude is, don’t speak ill of anyone. Depreciating or simply commenting on any disapproval of others has the power to make you a silly and unpleasant person. If you can, praise! Otherwise, guard your heart and stay quiet.
My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.Psalm 49:3
The penultimate of the 10 Commandments of the Family refers to the value of your speech. Your words are powerful and require great care to continually declare blessings on your life and family, as well as for everyone around you.
So, decide right now to fill your heart with gratitude, select your words very well, and give preference to listening instead of speaking. You will be a more pleasant and prosperous person when you use your words wisely.
Prayer: God, I praise you for your Word that created the Universe and everything that exists. I also ask you to give me wisdom so that I will use my words properly for the blessing of my own life and all around me. I give you thanks and ask in faith in the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?
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