LOVE Words

GUWG-Heart-Jesus-GrinchLOVE-O-RAMA 2017 continues here on GUWG.

Question: According to experts, what’s the absolute #1 cause of failure in relationships, business, medicine, politics, war and
maybe even religion?

Answer: Crummy communication. We don’t wield words wisely.

Just in case you haven’t noticed, there has been an absolute communication explosion lately. Google the word “communication” and you get 2.29 billion hits. There are 332,325 communication books on Amazon.com. We sent more than 50 trillion e-mails in the past year. Facebook has more than a billion users sharing private intimate communications with complete strangers. There are more than 300,000 Twitter tweets every single minute. The average teenager sends 3,399 texts each month. But it’s not just teenagers – studies show a rapid increase in texting even by octogenarians.

So … is all this communication making life better? In study after study, people report feeling more depressed, disconnected and un-LOVED than ever before. We can all help change that sad state of affairs one word at a time.

Here’s where it all starts, according to Jesus:

The mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (Luke 6:45)

Answer this little question before you say another word on this planet:

What is YOUR full of?

Ask God to fill your to overflowing with LOVE before you even think about opening your mouth.

And then do this:

Encourage one another and build each other up. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

How often should we do that?

Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today.” (Hebrews 3:13)

Times are tough out there. People are hurting. Ask God to help you encourage as many of your fellow humans as possible today. And tomorrow. And each day after that.

So …

Encourage your spouse. Encourage your kids. Encourage your parents. Encourage your friends. Encourage your co-workers. Encourage your boss. Encourage your dentist. Encourage your gastroenterologist.

The possibilities are endless.

USE
LOVE
WORDS

For more, check out our 187% free ebook: Love Everybody. Now. Seriously. Please.

(Sources: Google.com; Amazon.com; Radicati Group, Inc., Email Statistics Report 2012-16; Newsroom.fb.com/company-info; Internetlivestats.com; The Nielsen Company; Mashable.com)

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God’s Communication Plan

It’s GOD @ WORK WEEK here at GUWG, where we’re taking an in-depth look at what the Bible says about the wonderful world of work.

Today’s topic: COMMUNICATION. Almost nothing is more important in the workplace.

Here are five basic principles straight out of God’s Word to help guide your workplace discussions. Start using ’em today.

LOVE Words, Part 2

GUWG-Heart-Bible-PicLOVE-O-RAMA 2015 continues here on GUWG with Part 2 of our discussion of LOVE Words.

Here’s a great verse to keep in your :

Speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15)

Again, that’s TRUTH in LOVE. Let’s break it down a bit, starting with TRUTH.

According to one survey, a whopping 91% of Americans lie “routinely” (assuming they weren’t lying when they responded). Here’s what the Bible says
about that:

A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin. (Proverbs 26:28)

An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips. (Proverbs 24:26)

In other words, lies are hateful but TRUTH is like heavenly smooches.

Jesus took it even further. Here’s what he said about Satan:

When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

Don’t be like Satan. Be like Jesus. Speak the TRUTH.

OK, so what about the LOVE part? Over and over the Bible tells us to use words to build, not to destroy:

Encourage one another and build each other up. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

How often should we encourage one another?

Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:13)

Times are tough out there. People are hurting. Ask God to help you encourage as many of your fellow humans as possible today. And tomorrow. And each day after that.

So …

Encourage your spouse. Encourage your kids. Encourage your parents. Encourage your friends. Encourage your co-workers. Encourage your boss. Encourage your dentist. Encourage your gastroenterologist.

The possibilities are endless.

We’ll close today with some other LOVE words:

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul  and healing to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24)

An anxious heart weighs a man down but a kind word cheers him up. (Proverbs 12:25)

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)

Once more, with feeling:

SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE.

 

(Source: James Patterson & Peter Kim, The Day America Told the Truth (Prentice-Hall, 1991))

For more, check out our 187% free ebook: Love Everybody. Now. Seriously. Please.

Woooooooooo!

It’s WORDS WEEK here on GUWG, where we’re examining what the Book of Proverbs says about communication.

For the final time, here’s our PROVERB-O-RAMA WHEEL OF WORDS:

Gentle Reminders

It’s WORDS WEEK here on GUWG, where we’re examining what the Book of Proverbs says about communication.

Once again, here’s our PROVERB-O-RAMA WHEEL OF WORDS:

Are You Speaking Satan’s Language?

It’s WORDS WEEK here on GUWG, where we’re examining Proverbs on communication.

Once again, here’s our PROVERB-O-RAMA WHEEL OF WORDS:

Have a Humble Heart

It’s WORDS WEEK here on GUWG, where we’re examining what God says about communication.

Here’s a graphic depiction of ways to wield words wisely: