WORDS  AND MORE WORDS AND MORE WORDS . . .

Negative words are like garbage…

Audible, Chatting, Billboards, TV, radio, on the street, in the stores, on the phones.

The WORDS never stop. Sometimes I want to run away from them. At times, I DO HIDE FROM THEM.


I like what this snapshot says.

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THE PEACE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IS IN THE SILENCE YOU NEVER CREATE

I have some questions.
1/ Have you ever wondered what happens to ALL those words?

Let’s think a minute.  Do words ever disappear?  After a word is audibly spoken, what happens to it?
I can think of several things.
1/ We keep hearing it again in our memory.
2/ It goes out into the atmosphere around us.  The sound never disappears – it simply goes beyond our capacity to hear it.
Those ANGRY words or the LOVING words continue on – and the God of the universe hears them. Does He keep a record of these words?

More questions:

Do I want to hear again those words I spoke in anger?  What would my world be like if I were constantly hearing my own words spoken again and again?
Would the words bombarding my mind be more negative or positive?

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is an ABSOLUTE LIE.  Words do hurt us!  Ask verbally abused people and see what they say about words?     You and I have the power to terribly damage others with our words.

My dad always stressed to my brother and I to not speak in anger. Wait until the anger had passed before we responded to or spoke into a situation.
He, himself, followed what he taught us.  I could tell he was angry by a certain tone of voice. He never spoke angry words: but when I heard that tone of voice I moved a little more quickly to obey.
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Raised in that atmosphere was good!  However, I painfully learned that most marriages don’t follow those rules. When one tries to and the partner could care less, it can be very painful.

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TWO MORE QUESTIONS:
How can we protect ourselves from the hurtful words of others?
And – How can I control my tongue, so I don’t hurt others?

Overly simplified answers.

If I am cursed?
Proverbs 26:2Amplified Bible (AMP). 2. Like the sparrow in her wandering, like the swallow in her flying, So the curse without cause does not come and alight [on the undeserving] “
Are there some who DO deserve curses? Who are they? Does that ever include me?

Controlling my tongue?
Ephesians 4:15Amplified Bible
 (AMP). 15 But speaking the truth in love [in all things—both our speech and our lives expressing His truth], let us grow up in all things into Him [following His example] who is the Head—Christ.” What does this really mean? How can I speak the truth in love?  Especially since James tells me the tongue is the most uncontrollable part of the body?

Have you ever wondered about these questions like I have?

In the next two posts I’m going to tackle these two questions, one at a time.
We’ll see if I find answers, or only create more questions.?

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INTEGRITY ?  IS IT IMPORTANT?…

At the time Christ walks on this earth, the Roman Empire has conquered the greater part of the civilized world.

The Romans love statues and use them as decorations in their homes and gardens. As a result, many sculptors use different tricks to repair nicks and scratches on their sculptures.

One of the most commonly used is wax.  Rub it over the statue, filling in the slight flaws. This goes over well, until some of their buyers catch on to what these dishonest sculptors are doing.


Before long, every sculpture must go through a “sun test” before it is purchased; where it is taken into the warm sunlight and left there for a period of time.  You already know what happens: the heat of the sun softens the wax, allowing the flaws in the statue to be seen.  Result?  The dishonest sculptors are no longer trusted, and no sales.

We chuckle about this but do we, today, need to have ‘sun tests’ made on our own lives/ I think about my own life, and my words

Crazy little things, little flaws that don’t matter . . . or do they/

I think of one I hear all the time…
I invite a friend over for coffee or a meal. It is getting close to the time we agreed upon and I phone their cell to see if traffic is creating problems.  Their response is: “No, don’t worryll We are almost there …” Later, I learn they were just getting ready to leave their home, when I called.

A simple thing?  Yes.  But a flaw.

So many things we say in “polite society” that are not true.
Another one is ‘How are you?”  “

The answer is normally a smile and “very well, thanks.”  We can be sick, heartbroken, but we cover it over with a “very well, thanks”.
I’ve learned if I’m not very well, I can come up with other answers.  One is a laugh and a smile with a question: “Do you really want to know?” That usually gets a laugh and they don’t ask the question again.

Am I being nit-pickety?  ( That means am I making a mountain out of a mole-hill?)
Is this “little stuff” that important?

I believe it is.  When we become sloppy about handling the truth with little things it can lead to us mishandling the truth with bigger things in our life style at home or in the business world.

The word integrity is based up the root word “integral” which means the whole.

My integrity is based upon my words, my life (do I purposely do things to cause others to believe I’m more important than they are?)  Or am I sloppy in the way I handle finances?  Do I pay my bills on time?  If I borrow money from someone, do I pay them back when I promised?  When I promise something, do I make that a priority? Whether to my spouse, child, family, friend or in a business relationship?

Remember, the whole is made up of a mosaic of small actions.  When we concentrate on those small actions and our use of words, the whole takes care of itself.

I want to honor my God with my life. If I don’t walk in integrity, I am not showing love for Him nor for others.

 

This is a tough one.  How do I weigh out on the scale of integrity?

James 3:2-6

Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.

But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.[b]

 

and more

 

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