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

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(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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Jesus on Words

wordsWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re in the midst of a series entitled JESUS ON EVERYTHING. Today’s topic? WORDS.

Jesus had some rather interesting words about words.

Our words start in the heart:

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:

WORDS WEEK

It’s WORDS WEEK 2013 here on GUWG, where all week we’ll wade into the wealth of wisdom woven into the Word about the way we wield words in this world.

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

The answer? Crummy communication. We don’t wield words wisely.

Proverb of the Week

Here’s this week’s Proverb . . .

When words are many, sin is not absent,
but he who holds his tongue is wise.
(Proverbs 10:19)

I think I’ll heed that advice right now. ‘Nuf said.

Tongue Trouble

Q: Pound for pound, what’s the most powerful muscle in the human body?

A: The tongue.

I once lost a Trivial Pursuit game because of that question. I even researched it afterward to make sure I hadn’t been cheated out of a win. I found it on Wikipedia (so it must be true).

But I was surprised by something else my Google search revealed. It seems there are zillions of Bible verses warning about the mighty power of that seemingly innocuous pink flap of flesh. Here’s just a sampling:

  • “The tongue has the power of life and death.” (Proverbs 18:21)
  • “But no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:8)
  • “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” (Proverbs 10:19)
  • “[T]he tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” (James 3:5-6)

What did Jesus say about the tongue? “I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36-37)

Yikes. So, what should we do?

Clean Up Our Hearts. Jesus preceded his warning above with these words: “out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34) We need to let God into our hearts so that He can clean out all the filth and muck we’ve stored up there.

Be Slow to Speak. As my Nana always says: “God gave you two ears and one mouth — use them accordingly.” Or as James says: “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” (James 1:19)

When You Speak, Speak Good. As we discussed yesterday, the Holy Spirit appeared as “tongues of fire” when He first came to earth. God wants us to use our tongues to light up the world for good:

  • “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life.” (Proverbs 10:11)
  • “Pleasant words are like 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)
  • “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life . . . a man finds joy in giving an apt reply — and how good is a timely word!” (Proverbs 15:4, 23)

Our words can change the world. Let God fill your heart so that you can speak words of wisdom, love and encouragement to those around you. The world needs it.

USE YOUR TONGUE FOR GOOD