Archive for March, 2012
Have you ever given any thought to how much you talk in one day? Probably not, but it is most likely more than you think.
It has been estimated that the average person speaks eleven million words in a year.
I wonder how many of our words are complaining to someone, about someone, or about something, which would be better if left unspoken.
Also, godly wisdom and common sense, should tell us that there is a lot more importance things to talk about. Grumbling so often is a habit we should break.
We must learn how to apply good manners to our tongue as well as to our actions. This means we have learned to shut our mouth before someone wants to shut it for us.
We all have a mouth full of teeth and beautiful lips and both enclose our hard to tame tongue. So, tighten up those lips and set your teeth into that tongue until it hurts. The things that we decide not to say, can’t come back to haunt us.
Now that we have explored the tongue and that we need to tame it, let us explore what a great instrument the tongue really is when controlled.
It can preach and teach God’s Awesome Word. It is how we communicate wonderful words of praise and worship. It is how we can give out encouragement, kindness, hope, and our love.
We all need words of compassion at the difficult times in our life. They help us to heal our hurts and to feel that someone cares. We must keep our eyes open to see those opportunities. We should embrace them and not brace against them.
God’s best gifts to us are not things, but opportunities to meets the needs of others.
“A man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (Proverbs 16:23-24 NIV).
All of life is about giving. We give INTO putting off making important decisions and we give INTO selfishness and impatience.
We may even give INTO the gas pedal and go too fast and give INTO getting aggravated at other people on the streets and highways.
We may give INTO our weakness for “no no” television programs or certain magazines, or some websites.
We should not give INTO making excuses that is not the whole truth. Excuses only satisfy the one who makes them.
Now let us think about things to give INTO that will be pleasing to God and the people around us.
Give INTO prayer and the studying of God’s Word. Because we must desire it or we will forget to apply it to our day to day living.
Give INTO biblical wisdom and then put it with our knowledge and it will give us discernment and understanding of the best kind.
Give INTO offering a Sacrifice of Praise to God with thanksgiving for what He has done to us.
We have much to Praise God for, because Jesus Christ gave INTO suffering or He could not have died; without dying He could not have made atonement for sin; and without completing His redemptive work, He could not have finished the work of Salvation for everyone!
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of our lips that confess his name” (Hebrews 13:15).
Those who have spent any time at all reading the Bible know that it records many appearances of Angels here on earth.
Martin Luther wrote that, “An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body for the service of Christendom and the Church”.
Angels are God’s messengers and helpers. Many times people have had something happen in their life and felt that an Angel was a part of it.
We have all looked at a sweet new born baby and called her an Angel, and when one of our children is very compliant and helpful, we will call them an Angel.
Also, when someone has been so kind and helpful to us in a bad time in our life, we will say she or he was an Angel.
I have always enjoyed seeing the beautiful different ways that Angels have been designed. Some have been made in fine porcelain and some made by hand but always made to look kind and beautiful.
I enjoy crafting and making Angles are a large part of what I make by hand and I enjoy it very much.
“Don’t forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing” (Hebrews 13:2 LB)