A Disciple Of Jesus Should Sound Like One - Digging The Word
Excerpts from Ephesians 4 & 5 “be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God…Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
Proverbs 15:4 ”A gentle tongue is a tree of life,”
Proverbs 12:18 “There is one who speaks rashly like the piercing of a sword, but the words of the wise bring healing” 

Hello church family!

“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  How untrue is that statement! I can still see that mean girl when I was six years old, kicking me in the shin and calling me names. The bruise on my shin healed but I still remember her calling me four eyes in telling everyone that my asthma was contagious and not to come near me because they would catch it. I didn't want to wear my glasses anymore. I would take them off before I went into school, meaning I couldn't see the blackboard and I was embarrassed to use my inhaler in front of others, so I spent a lot of time suffocating, and suffering through Gym. I've said some things I'm not real proud of either in my lifetime. A few of those hurtful things I said to my mother as a teenager. Even as an adult, years later it bothered me that my words would hurt her like that.  Even though I asked for forgiveness and she forgave me, it has still bothered me that those words came from my mouth; harm inflicted.

I think, if all of us we're honest, we would have to admit to either being the recipient of someone’s hurtful words or being guilty of being the one who spoke them into someone else’s life. I know I haven't always handled every situation the way Jesus would have. Much like the children's moment that we've all seen, where we squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube. Once it’s squeezed out there's no putting it back and there's no taking back hurtful words once they've been put out there.

See the source imageWe all know from experience that the power of our words can either build up or tear down. We can either encourage or discourage, we can either bring hope or hopelessness, healing or hurt.  The words that we choose matter. So much so that Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:36 “That we will give an account on judgment day for every empty word spoken.” That could be a little worrisome for most of us!

A picture containing mapDescription automatically generatedThough the smallest part of the body, the tongue has the most power. Power to be used for good or evil. On our own we just can't control our tongue. It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that it can reigned in. Scripture tells us that what comes out of our mouth is really a reflection of our heart. And sometimes our hearts are not in the right place. These days our hearts are feeling a lot of stress, some division, some anger and even some hopelessness. Our hearts can be prideful, resentful, jealous, defensive…the list is endless, but our hearts can be healed by Gods words.

When our hearts are feeling chaotic it's easy to react to situations using impulsive, hurtful words. It's easy to react to and be affected by the anger and the conflict that we see on social media. It is also difficult for our hearts not to be affected by the poor use of words and the tearing down of one another in the political realm and on television. God’s word helps us remember to” keep our eyes fixed not on what is seen, but what is unseen, because what is seen is temporal and what is unseen is eternal.”  Then we will remember that the Kingdom of God is above all earthly kingdoms and rulers, and that we are citizens of His eternal Kingdom. This will encourage us to “Pray, Love and Live Like Jesus”, and respond to the world around us as Jesus would, words included.

10 Bible Verses On The Power Of Our WordsThis is a new year and we have a choice. We have a choice to respond in every situation the way Jesus would. We have a choice to let our words bring healing, we have a choice to let our words build up, we have a choice as to whether or not we will use the gift of our words to bring, peace and unity to the world around us  or we can choose to use our words to tear down and perpetuate anger. We can use our words to bring people to God’s love or turn them away from God’s love. Let your life be your sermon.

I say these things to all of us because the church is so important right now. It is so important that we don't get caught up in the world and its ways. It's so important that we do get caught up in the way of Jesus and allow for His love and His voice to be our voice, to bring healing to the world around us. I think of that beautiful hymn by Phillip Bliss, “Wonderful Words of Life”Sing them over again to me, Wonderful words of life; Let me more of their beauty see, Wonderful words of life. Words of life and beauty Teach me faith and duty;Beautiful words, wonderful words, Wonderful words of life; Beautiful words, wonderful words, Wonderful words of life.Christ, the blessed One, gives to all Wonderful words of life; Sinner, listen to the loving call, Wonderful words of life. All so freely given, Wooing us to heaven;Sweetly echo the Gospel call, Wonderful words of life; Offer pardon and peace to all, Wonderful words of life. Jesus, only Savior, Sanctify forever; Beautiful words, wonderful words, Wonderful words of life;

Together, let's commit this year to using our words as gifts and apply   our ability to speak to the building up of one another, encouraging one another and sharing the good news of the gospel. Let's commit to being more self-aware of our words in every situation and commit to daily bringing our hearts and our minds under the authority of our Lord Jesus, so that the words that leave our lips and overflow from our hearts bring glory to our Lord in every situation.

Everyday let’s include this in our prayer: Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me.“
Friends, the true church has never been more important then we are right now. We will overcome this time; the long winter is just about over. Spring is in our sight. May how we have handled this season bring joy to our Lord. Remain steadfast and faithful and may the peace of Christ dwell in you and be with you.

Pastor Nettie  


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