Have you ever been upset and started foolishly talking? I have on several occasions. Examples: “I hate going to work, I’m so sick of such and such, I’m going to have a heart attack, things are going too good, I know something bad will happen soon, etc.”
What pet phrases do you use when you are frustrated? We have to be mindful of what we say and speak out of our mouths if we are walking with Christ. One thing I’ve learned in life is that it’s so important to NOT speak so rashly out of our emotions during times of pressure and stress.
Many times people will phrase “I HATE.” They hate paying bills, they hate buying gas, they hate going grocery shopping, they hate going to their college courses in the morning, they hate waking up early, they hate to drive to work, and on and on. “I HATE” is just a phrase, but it carries much power. “Each time we say that we hate something, it makes it harder for us to do it with joy the next time.” I challenge everyone to start saying you ENJOY things that are more difficult for you. This all comes with being obedient with God. But what exactly does obedient mean? The act of being submissive to another’s will. In this case, being submissive towards God’s will = obedience. And honestly, sometimes being submissive is HARD. But I’m so thankful for prayer (our ability to communicate to God).
I’m starting to learn more and more that I can talk myself into despising something I need to do, or I can have a good attitude, let positive words roll off my tongue, and get things done! As much as I use to say I hate paying for gas, I’m actually glad I can afford gas. Some people try to ride the entire week on E. I’m just blessed that I manage my money right and that I can pay for gas and still have money to spend on other things. It’s important to realize that sometimes we hate doing something that someone else in this world would love to do. Just having a heart full of gratitude and thankfulness is something that I’ve been learning A LOT this year.
Start paying attention to the foolish phrases and words that come out of your mouth and ask God to help you form new habits.” We have not because we ask not (See James 4:3)
Ending: You may have thought previously that words are just something to say (they don’t have much meaning/what you’re talking about Ashlee isn’t really a big deal), but know that words have power, you will want to make all of yours count for good. Each day you’re tested and words play a major role. As the quote goes, when you know better, you do better.
Scripture Reference| Ephesians 5:4 “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”
My inspiration to write this blog came from Joyce Meyers. Hope you enjoyed this blog. Comment or add any of your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you have to say. You can even be anonymous if that comforts you =)
Lover of Christ