A Good Ole Pat On The Back
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.”
A while ago a lady went to the Doctor to have an annual physical. The Doctor said: “Do you exercise, and if so, how much?” She answered, “I walk a little over one mile 6-7 days a week”. Instead of saying, oh that is very good, and giving her a good ole pat on the back, her answer was “well, why don't you walk more each day?”. The doctor's strident words did not express much encouragement to the patient to continue her walking. Proverbs 15:4 states: “Gentle words bring life and health”.
Often people do not comprehend the power in their words. What kinds of words should God's people speak? Matthew 12:34 states: “...out of the abundance of the heart determines his speech.”. If one's heart is right with God, then their words spoken will please Him, and comfort others.
In Genesis 50 Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes died. The brothers of Joseph were afraid that he would take revenge upon them for selling him into slavery. But instead Joseph stated: “No, don't be afraid. Indeed, I myself will take care of you and your families. And he spoke very kindly to them, reassuring them.”. Joseph spoke caring and sympathetic words of forgiveness to his brothers, and those words removed the brother's fear of revenge.
When Peter first met Jesus Christ, his weakness was he often spoke without thinking, and he was brash and impulsive (NLT). By learning the hard way, Peter eventually developed the qualities of tenderness and humility. By the time he authored 1 Peter in approximately A.D. 62-64, he stated: “Don't repay evil for evil. Don't retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and He will grant you His blessing.”. As a godly person, use words to bless those who wound you.
In Ephesians 4, Paul wrote about the “Unity in the body of Christ”. He taught that God's community should keep “united in the Holy Spirit”, as they are “all one body”, and they have “the same spirit”. Therefore they should live as “Children of Light”, and their words ought to be “be good and helpful, so that...(their)...words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”. Make an effort to speak good and helpful words in order to build others up.
People in the community of God ought to ask Him for help to speak truthfully, and with gentle and thoughtful expressions. Each person's words have power. Why not reach out to someone today to give them a good ole pat on the back to show forgiveness, and give encouragement to convey life and health to them.
Lord God, thank You that You are my strength, and my Redeemer. May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable and pleasing to You. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington