Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

january 16, 2010

Wow, another week gone by already.   Time for my  3rd sermon notes blog.  (Click here to read more)

I started doing this to help out a friend who has to miss church due to work.   While I do feel that this is worth my time and it is beneficial, there is so much that is lacking from just reading my notes.  For instance, I am only sharing the notes on the message.  The worship time is a vital part of the service.  Ed takes us boldly to the throne of grace and leads by example what it means to worship at the feet of Jesus.

Today there were numerous testimonies of what God is doing in the lives of His people.  Praise God!!

Gary sang a song today that he and Joan wrote.  It was a powerful song.  I am not sure what the title is but it could be “Make me a better man”.  This was the theme throughout the song.  It led right into Pastor’s message.

So grab your Bible, as I won’t be posting all of the scriptures.  I  feel that it is important to look the scriptures up in your own Bible –  to stay familiar with the love letter that God has given to us.  (If you don’t have a Bible let me know.)

Read Colossians 4:6

Why the concern about what we say?  Words can be powerful; they can have an impact on others.  We must learn to speak with grace.

“Is your speech gracious?”

Read Proverbs 18:21

Our words have tremendous impact.

“With our words we can encourage someone or we can crush them.  Do our words bring life or death?’

Read Colossians 3:8-9  “words that bring death”

People get angry.  Words  spoken in anger can bring great pain.   Things are said that should not be said.   Malice is going past the point of anger — now you want to hurt someone.  Then there is lying and profanity.  These seem to be common in our society.

How do we change this?

Scripture tells us that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  As we allow God to mold us and make us, as He is working in us, we will more and more be directed by His Spirit.  Our language will change.

“I served in the Marine Corps and if I can clean up my language – then so can you!”

We are called to a higher standard.

Read 2 Corinthians 12:19-21  — Identifying death

Words of death bring contention, strife, arguing, backbiting and whispering. 

“We can rip apart a church, work place, family…. by the words we say.

Gossip – saying something about someone that makes them look bad.

“Like your momma always said, or if your momma never told you, then I’m telling you, ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

Colossians 3:16-17  — Words of life

Are the words we are speaking encouraging?  Does Christ approve of the things we are saying?  Or would we want God to “plug” His ears?

Let us use our words for edification, instruction, for the good.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

We are called to build one another up, not tear down each other.

Words of life bring comfort.

“May we learn to recognize the difference, not just recognize the difference, but cultivate the words of life.  What a different place our world would be if more and more of us would speak the words of life.”

Let us seek to eliminate words of death from our conversation.  Let’s replace them with words of life.

We all have room to grow in our ability to speak with grace.

till next time


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  1. Words are an important part of our living but words can be used to build up or tear down. As James says the tongue is hard to control, but when Jesus is in control, and HIS words flow from our lips, we WILL see people respond to Him.
    Psalm 141:3 Set a watch O Lord before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds | January 17, 2011 | Reply

    • Great verse!! Good thoughts too. Out of the heart the mouth speaks — oh my our hearts be full of Jesus!!

      Comment by Gloria | January 19, 2011 | Reply

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