Posts Tagged ‘building others up’

Be Careful Little Mouth

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Nothing seems to sting like the words that come out of our mouths. Especially when it’s from a loved one. Words have power. They can build you up (Eph 4:29) or they can tear you down (1 Thess. 5:11). I’ve been guilty of wielding my tongue for both. I regret every misuse of the opportunities God has given me to build another up.

Why is it so easy for us to tear another down? What is inside our hearts that creeps up to our tongue? Oftentimes, we use sarcasm to send out little zingers. We mask meanness behind jokes and we hurt senselessly.

After an incident at the dinner table recently….I realized just how large the problem was in my family. Each of us pounce on opportunities to wound one another. Maybe not intentionally, but certainly with some sort of intelligent knowledge.

The problem sin had to be addressed.

I went to bed with a heavy heart. My family loves one another. They love other’s outside of our family too. But HEART CONDITIONS are not what they should be. It’s time for a clean-up.

This post by Suzie Eller sums up how I’m feeling right now. Maybe you can relate. I pray for you that (like me) we can do the heartwork necessary to use our words to love and care for others. Beginning right now!

NOTE–This post was written by the same Mom that wouldn’t let her toddlers watch The Rugrats!