Friday, March 31, 2017

Let's Focus on Encouragement


Let's Focus on Encouragement
Sister Cindy Feeman

The month of March was a month of KINDNESS... so in April we will focus on ENCOURAGEMENT, which seems to go hand in hand with Kindness. Being an "encourager" seems to be a lost art. So many people are finding it easier and easier to speak their disapproval of just about everything. And social media has made it even easier  to speak ones disapproval of you and everything in your life. A lot of times its things one wouldn't say to your face, but they will text it or post it!

LET YOUR WORDS HEAL, NOT WOUND! NEVER DOUBT THE POWER OF THE TONGUE!

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Proverbs 18:21

A formidable power dwells within each of us. This power has changed the course of Nations. It is capable of starting and ending wars. It has made men rich and women famous. It is the means to command or corrupt, to bless or to blame... It is the POWER OF THE TONGUE.

God desires us to use this power for his glory, but the devil wants a piece of the action. He wants us to use our words for harm instead of hope. That is why we do well to watch our mouths, but it is not always an easy thing to do. In addition to the verse, which reminds us that our words have the power of life and death, Mark reminds us that our words hold the power to cast entire mountains into the sea and wither fig trees. 

How could we ever hope to tame such a thing as the tongue?

That is why we surrender ourselves, our whole selves to Christ. Only then, with the tongue submitted to His perfect will, can we hope to master this great power that we have been given to bless Him and bless others with our loving and empowering words.

"Set a guard, O Lord over my mouth, keep watch over the door of my lips." Psalms 141:3

Today make your mouth "a fountain of life." Prov. 10:11  "Be slow to speak." James 1:19. Encourage more than you critique. Seek opportunities to speak kind, tenderhearted words. Say something affectionate to a loved one at an unexpected time. seek to speak only words that are "good for building up", that "give grace to those who hear" Eph. 4:29.

BE A PERSON WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF LIFE!
BE AN ENCOURAGER!

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