I reminded us a few weeks ago of the importance of who we give ear to. We all have been affected by the words that others have used towards us at some point in our lives…maybe even affected by our own destructive lies that we’ve convinced ourselves of in our own heads. How have we responded in the past and how can we respond better in the days ahead?
In the song Voice of Truth below, you’ll hear and read these lyrics, “Out of all the voices calling out to me, I will choose to listen and believe THE VOICE OF TRUTH!” I pray that’ll be our own personal resolve from here on out.
Please share this challenge with someone you know who has been affected by the choice of hurtful words that others have directed at them…words that have paralyzed them in life – words that have left such deep scars. At some point we’ll all need these reminders and truths.
Also, let me encourage you to be slow to speak…keeping in mind that your words have the potential to have short-term and or long-term negative effects in the ears of your listener(s). If Jesus isn’t the voice of truth to them through you, then what other voice(s) will they turn to?
Practicing His Presence,
Song: Mean Girls and heart behind the song by Leanna Crawford
Song: Look What You've Done by Tasha Layton
Song: Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns
The Power Of Words
Proverbs 11:9 “Evil words destroy one’s friends; wise discernment rescues the godly.”
Proverbs 11:12 “It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person with good sense remains silent.”
Proverbs 11:17 “Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.”
Proverbs 15: 1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but hard words stir up anger.”
Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
Proverbs 16:24 “Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”
Proverbs 18:4 “A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.”
Proverbs 18:20 “Words satisfy the soul as food satisfies the stomach; the right words on a person’s lips bring satisfaction.”
Proverbs 20:15 “Wise speech is rarer and more valuable than gold and rubies.”
Proverbs 25:18 “Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow.”
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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