In the classic movie: The Goonies, there was a character by the name of Mouth. Mouth was always spouting off and getting himself in trouble, with his mouth, hence the reason for his nickname on the movie.
This got me thinking... what has my mouth done for me lately? Is it getting me in trouble or is it singing His praises? Is it shutting people down or is it lifting them up?
Psalm 19:14 NIV
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Our pastor shared a quote with us last Sunday: "Darkness is the absence of light. Evil is the absence of good." What about words? "Silence is the absence of love."
Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Our mouths are powerful tools. They can lift people up or put them down. How will you choose to use it? Will you love as He loves us, unconditionally?
I have a challenge for myself and my wife... for every negative thing we say we replace it with an uplifting compliment. Not an easy challenge.
This week I want to challenge everyone to do the same. For every negative comment replace it with a positive. Let the fruit of His spirit allow you to say things with love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Thanks and God Bless!