Sent

send buttonThere are times when I hit send on an email or text without really checking it out to make sure the auto-correct feature didn’t goof up something I meant to say. There are other times when I delete the email or text before sending because I’m a bit “fired up” and my words will cause harm instead of being productive. I often wish that I had the same editing privileges on my mouth. I have to watch my words carefully, especially when I’m upset about something.

I came across this passage where Jesus is sending out His disciples to warn the Jewish people that the Kingdom is near. He didn’t “sugar coat” His instructions. Check this out….

16 “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. 17 But beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and will be flogged with whips in the synagogues. 18 You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me. 19 When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. 20 For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (Matthew 10:16-20 NLT)

 

This had to be a bit scary for Jesus’ disciples. The analogy of being sheep among wolves – they had seen firsthand what wolves do to defenseless sheep.  They were probably going to offend some very important people with their message. They were going to face arrest and prison time. This was not the type of “mission trip” that I have been on before for sure. The last part of these instructions really jumped out at me because I’ve experienced this personally…. “Don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time.”  There have been times when I say something in response to someone else that after I speak, I realize that I’m not that smart or that spiritually astute. The Lord speaks through me when I slow down and press pause on my big mouth long enough to hear from Him.

He has sent me out to live out my faith.

He has sent me out to speak up about my faith.

He has sent me with His Word to deliver.

He is in charge of my life….my words and actions.

I’m praying that the words I speak and all that I do bring honor to Him. I feel responsible to Him because He sent me to be His hands and feet to everyone I meet.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Don’t Say It

LipsThere are times when I really want to say something and I catch myself editing what I’m about to say to the point, I don’t say anything. I’m starting to feel like I’m finally learning how important the timing of my words can be. Then again, I’ll blurt something out that would have been better left unsaid. My words reveal a lot of things about me and I don’t always think that through. As I grow in my faith, I’m trying really hard to keep my “editing machine” working in tiptop fashion. The words of my mouth reveal my heart and often my inner thoughts. I don’t want to be foolish and sling lots of meaningless frivolous words around. Check this out….

12 Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious,
    but fools are consumed by their own lips.
13 At the beginning their words are folly;
    at the end they are wicked madness –
14 and fools multiply words.
No one knows what is coming –
    who can tell someone else what will happen after them?
15 The toil of fools wearies them;
    they do not know the way to town. (Ecclesiastes 10:12-15 NIV)

 

There is a good way to say everything. This doesn’t mean that everything I say will be received in the spirit that I tried to say it. I do believe if I will think twice before I speak, I will be less likely to sound like a foolish person. I remember hearing someone point out to me once that the Lord gave us 2 ears and only 1 mouth – He was implying that we are to listen (think) twice was much (before) we speak.

I remember the other day I said something that didn’t come out the way I intended and no matter what I tried to do, I couldn’t erase the hurt my words had caused. I want to be very wise in my use of words to build others up and not tear them down. I don’t want to “oversell” myself as a REALTOR professional or “undersell” for that matter. I don’t want to “puff-up” a certain house over another. I want to be careful with every word I speak and make sure I’m gracious, discerning and wise with my words.

Pressing On!
Dwayne