A Life Stirred

God’s Word on our Words :: Thankfulness

on October 18, 2014

So, I’ve spent a lot of time this month (ok, ok, the whole month) talking about what not to do with regards to our mouths.  And while that is helpful to some degree, it doesn’t really help long-term.  Yes, it is good to know what needs to be changed in us.  But real transformation comes when we start to learn what we need to do instead.

So, what is the alternative to gossip or slander?

Thankfulness.

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place,

but instead let there be thanksgiving. 

Ephesians 5:4

Over and over and over in the Bible, God tells us to give thanks to Him, to sing praises, to praise Him.

With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;

I will praise him in the midst of the throng. 

Psalm 109:30

Talk about an “ah-ha!” moment.  That’s what we’re supposed to do with our mouths!  Give thanks to the Lord!

Yes, we are supposed to build each other up and speak life.  But more than that, we are to give thanks to the Lord.  Our mouths are for blessing the Lord, for bringing Him glory, for making Him known to those around us.

Good stuff, eh?  That kind of changes the way I view my mouth, like it’s not for me and my glory and my purposes.  But rather it’s for the Lord, for His glory, and His purposes.

Next week we’ll be getting into some of the practical how-to stuff about taming our tongues.  But this is the basis for all our words.

And whatever you do, in word or deed,

do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17

Don't miss a day!

Don’t miss a day!

 

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