What are you thinking about right now?
Is it positive?
Is it negative?
Is it about yourself, or is it towards somebody else or a situation?
Take the word think and use this acronym to help you recognize what your thoughts are.
T - True
H - Helpful
I - Important
N - Necessary
Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.
What comes out of your mouth says more about you and what is in your heart than it does about anyone else.
Is what you are saying true? Or hearsay, or gossip? Do not go around spreading lies but speak the truth. I heard a saying: “Trust is built in drops and lost in buckets.” Speaking the truth builds trust. Don’t tell a half-truth; tell the whole truth. Be a trustworthy person with your words.
Are your words helpful? In the book of Ephesians, it says: 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.
Do your words build others up or tear them down? Do your words meet the needs of others? Do your words benefit those who are close by to listen?
If I am totally honest, my words often fall short. Sometimes they are just not helpful and probably not beneficial for those listening. But guess what, I have a choice and I can change my words. Actually, I really need to look inside and see why unwholesome words are coming out of my mouth.
Are your words important? If not, make them important. Learn something that will help others, be a benefit, or add value to others. Make your words important, and people will listen to what you have to say.
I heard somebody say you can write a long blog if what you are saying is important and beneficial to the reader.
Is what you are saying necessary? From the book of wisdom, Proverbs, it says: Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon is someone who lies to a friend and then says, “I was only joking.”
Are your words necessary, or are you having to follow up with, “I”m just kidding?” If they are not necessary, try not saying them. You might be surprised that people’s feelings are not getting hurt as much.
Are your words kind? Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul.
We all love sweets, and if we are not careful, we will keep going back to eat and enjoy the sweet desserts. Do people like to hang around you because your words are so kind? They just keep coming back for more encouraging, kind words. Or do your words repel people? Not only do they not come back, they don’t even want to come around.
We hold the power of life and death in our words.
Sermon - Victory Over Your Past