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Building Up Or Tearing Down???A Word from THE WORD!!! #75
This post is not just for ladies, but since I am one, I can speak to us ladies with a voice of love, compassion, and experience. I pray that this word will go where God sends it, for it is a word that I believe is much needed today, I think especially in Christian circles.
“Every wise woman
buildeth her house:
but the foolish
plucketh it down
with her hands.” Proverbs 14:1
Those of us who are wives, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and just friends and neighbors, need to remember that our words have the power to build up or tear down! We have the power to encourage or discourage! We have the power to speak words of love, kindness, truth, and compassion, or we can blurt out words that hurt to the core of someone’s being, that cause those in our circle (especially those in our own home) to wonder where the real “love of Jesus” went? I know many who use their words to put down rather than lift up; that speak words that exalt ourselves as we destroy the hopes, joys, dreams, and efforts of those we claim to love.
I remember an example that a Bible teacher gave once–a true account–while teaching classes on being godly women and wives. An older lady who seemed like she had sour lemons for breakfast made comments about her ‘useless’ husband, and there was no use to put any effort into her relationship, for he would never respond, and she couldn’t think of anything nice to say. She was encouraged to think of something nice to say to her husband that night before the next class. Well, she went home feeling like she just couldn’t think of anything nice to say and went in and after a bit of time she went to sit with her husband and told him, “You really do a good job with out taxes”! Well, not very romantic, you might think to no avail, but the woman returned to class with a broken heart and a more teachable spirit, sharing that her husband broke down and cried, saying that was the nicest thing she had said to him in years. Needless to say, their marriage got a jump start because one wife was willing to hear and obey God’s voice, humble herself and say ‘something nice’!
Now, some of you are shaking your head, saying, “I’m not that bad!” But in whose eyes? Your husband’s? Your children’s? Your in-law’s? Your neighbor’s? The old adage that we all sang on the playground as children is NOT true–“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!” Words can hurt and can stay with us years and decades longer than any broken bone! What will you do with your words (and believe me, this hits me in the heart more than any of you reading it, for my tongue has often gotten loose in the wrong direction–no, I don’t curse, but you can be ugly without using one profanity!) today?
I simply want to leave you with a story and a challenge from the famous Proverbs 31 woman. May we strive to please our Lord with our words and actions toward others, especially our husbands, children, and family. I think many of us, like the woman in the story above, have become so proud in our own ‘self-righteousness’ that we haven’t heard God’s voice of conviction. May we truly seek forgiveness, wisdom, and grace to be powerful and kindly women of GOD?
The story is told of a little boy who said mean things about another child and his father overheard his comments. He asked the boy if he could take his words back, to which the child replied, “sure”. Well, the father gave him a feather pillow and asked him to scatter the feathers around the town, which he did gladly. The next day, the father gave the boy the pillow cover and asked him to go and gather the feathers back into the cover, and so he set out to obey. But as we all know, he came back with only a few of the feathers that came out of the cover. The boy’s father took the pillow cover and told his son, “so it is with your words”, once you spread mean things around about others, you can’t take them all back, no matter how hard you may try. Our words fly just like those feathers, into places where we can’t retrieve them. May we all learn a lesson from the feathers and ask God to set that “guard on my mouth” and think before we share, before we let those ‘put-downs’ make us feel exalted!
“She openeth her mouth
and in her tongue
is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well
to the ways of her household,
and eateth not
the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up,
and call her blessed;
her husband also,
and he praiseth her.” Proverbs 31:26-28
Blessings on your day and week, may Jesus Christ receive praise and honor by our living! Ladies let’s step up to the plate and bring the glory of JESUS into our homes and circles of influence-whether at the coffee-klatch, the ballgame, our living room, our bedroom, or shopping! We can make a difference TODAY for good not harm! I love and pray for you all.
Amen and Amen!!!
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