Thought for the Week: Point to Ponder

‘May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord my Strength and my Redeemer.’

Preachers, myself included, have often begun sermons with this type of prayer.  I have been reminded again this week of the power of words and the seemingly ‘throw away’ type remark that we all make from time to time, but which might have a prolonged negative effect on the hearer or others.  I read an article in the paper by a respected journalist who spiralled into a year of clinical depression as the result of being the recipient of such carelessly used words.  He admits that the speaker probably meant him no real harm, but was sufficiently aware that the words might cause some problems.  We all speak negatively from time to time – sometimes our words are careless, spoken through exasperation or tiredness, but it’s a reminder to us all I guess to dwell on some wise words from Proverbs.

Proverbs 11:17 ‘Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.’ Proverbs 15: 1 ‘A gentle answer turns away wrath, but hard words stir up anger.’ Proverbs 15:4 ‘Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.’

In the social network society of today, Apps such as Snapchat mean we can speak to others but then our words are erased from the App within a few hours.  Sadly, that is not the case with the words most of us speak so how about becoming ‘soul chatters’ not ‘snapchatters’ and see if our words can be acceptable not only to God but all who we meet?  More next week on the importance of a soul friend and soul chat.       With love to all,  Dee.