Self-Examination (Part 35)
Mouth: Your Cheerleader
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Ephesians 4:29 (NASB)
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
Encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called 'Today,' so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Hebrews 3:13 (NASB)
You know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God Who calls you into His Own kingdom and glory.
1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 (NASB)
For I long to see you... that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other's faith, both yours and mine.
Romans 1:11-12 (NASB)
Words of encouragement are powerful. Genuine thanksgiving and gratitude lift both the speaker and the listener, as in the passer and the receiver...
Think of a high-flying football sailing above a ferocious group of linemen, whose fondest hope is a quarterback sack. The perfect pass? Positive words of praise. The opposing team? The Hades Hornets.
Incredibly, the quarterback connects with the receiver in a mid-air catch. A great cloud of witnesses shout for joy and celebrate with celestial hurrahs. The home team is called the Heaven Huggers.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Pick up your pom poms and be cheerful. Yes, they need to be authentic cheers, but consider some implications:
1) Your Lord expects appreciation, and His children need encouragement. Gratitude and praise uplift them.
2) Positive words are a shield of faith. Satan's fiery darts can't penetrate the faithful words of God's anointed.
3) If a grumbler can't take a compliment, stay hopeful and pray for God's light to shine. Your kindness under fire may be that light.
4) If you're the grumbler, then ask God's help. Even David, dearly loved by God, must have sinned with his mouth a few times.*
To Be Continued...
* 'Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips' (Psalm 141:3).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.