October’s WOW From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power and thanks so much for coming by. I hope you had a great weekend. I missed our time on Friday and I was all prepared to share our October WOW – words of wisdom – since it was the 1st, but you know the saying, better late than never. So grab your coffee and come on in.

I have already been challenged personally with this month’s WOW, and I guess you could say that’s why I know it’s the right one. These words of wisdom speak to an area that I know I need growth in and that’s the beautiful thing about them, is they bring growth and because I’m sharing it with you for our Coffee Hour, these words also bring accountability, like quite a bit of it.

All of us have people who rub us the wrong way, who have hurt us, slandered us, talked smack about us, belittled us, I mean the list could go on and on and on, but let’s reverse that and if I were honest, I could say that I have been guilty of all the above, too. My tongue is my sharpest, most exercised and used weapon, and if I dare go a day without meeting with Daddy, that same tongue that praises Him in songs of worship, shares His love and hope with many can spew words out of my mouth as though it had never been tamed. That’s why it’s a double-edged sword.

So I make myself accountable to you, and later in the month, I’ll even share some ways I’ve been challenged in this area already and challenges that I’m sure to encounter over the next few weeks.

Our WOW is found in the book of Ephesians, chapter 4, verse 29. Paul is teaching, and if you haven’t read up about him, he’s my kind of guy; a man full of wisdom, but not haughty, a teacher, yet teachable and humble, one who had been given much grace and therefore gave much grace, one who didn’t sugar coat the truth, was bold, yet gentle. Yeah, some day I’d like to be a Paulette!

N-E-Ways, the scripture goes like this: “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

So let’s look at the word corrupt. The Greek translation is “sapros” and it means rotten, bad, poor quality. In other words, no cuss words, rank jokes, words spewed in anger, lies, words that stir up trouble. Whew, I’m thinking that when I’m ticked off, I need to be a woman of fewer words. And the slang words, well, I’m thinking those gotta go!

Continuing on, look at the phrase “but what is good for necessary edification.” That last word means “building up.” See, that right there shows the power of words. We possess the power to build others up with our mouth; unfortunately we have the power to tear them down, too. He knew that and He knows that about us; that’s why the mouth and our words are one of the most talked about subjects in the book of Proverbs. If you were to ever ask anyone who’s ever been physically and emotionally abused which abuse was the worst, they could share every scar carved in their soul word for word, but somehow, the physical abuse fades away with time, is easier to leave behind.

The last part of the verse makes it clear that our words are to impart grace, which is unmerited favor. Not because the one who hurt you or ticked you off deserves it, but because that is the best mirror image of Him that we could give. No matter how mad I get at someone, I don’t want to be a cause for any emotional scar. I’d rather be pleasing than grieving.

Blessings

Evinda

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