Speaking while I think…

“So, speak encouraging words to one another.  Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind.

This morning, while reading the book of 1 Thessalonians, I was reminded of the importance of my words.  As a Christian, who is called to accurately display Christ to those who are around me, I need to be paying close attention to what I am speaking out.

I have a tendency to “speak while I think,”  sometimes saying things that are not quite processed through all the way, or saying things I don’t really mean in times of frustration or tiredness or simply just when I am not thinking.  

This isn’t ok.  I need to be making sure that I am thinking through what I am saying, before it flies out of my mouth.  I need to be one who is accurately displaying the Love of Christ through my actions, and through my words.  If what I do, and what I say aren’t lining up, then I am not living a life of integrity.  People don’t listen to, and follow people who aren’t genuine.  I need to be genuinely actively Loving Chirst… all the time.

This is going to be a tough one for me to work on.  Often times, my words reveal the slimy-ness of my heart. They reveal my bitterness, and my fears, my jealousy and my pain.  I don’t want that.  My prayer for my life today is that Christ would help me in what I say, as well as how I act.  May He give me wisdom in when and how to speak.  May He work on my timing and on my grace.  

 

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