Go Ahead – Make Someone’s Day!

Go Ahead – Make Someone’s Day!

How many of you remember your mother telling you this – “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”?  You’ve most certainly heard it from someone.  And, in theory, it is good advice.  Actually, it is pretty scriptural.  Ephesians puts it this way “Let everything you say be good and helpful, so your words will be an encouragement..”.  But for some reason, sometimes we feel compelled to give our two cents even if it isn’t nice and encouraging. Now we are not talking about situations that need to be addressed or corrected.  But situations like this – “I wonder if she looked in the mirror before she left the house this morning”. Thoughts like this unfortunately make their way out of our mouths.  These situations call for something the Bible refers to as “taming the tongue”.  In fact, in James we read that no one can do it completely.  It is something that we have to be deliberate in doing – holding back our every thought from becoming words. We can make someone’s day with just a few encouraging words, or adversely, we can  ruin it. The Bible refers to this as bringing life or death.  Be deliberate in your words. Your words reflect what is in your heart and once they come out of your mouth, they are there for the world to see and hear.  You be that one today who will make someone’s day!  

8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. James 3:8 (NLT)

29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)

There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking. Proverbs 29:20 (NLT)

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. Proverbs 18:21 (NLT)

If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. James 1:26 (NLT)

You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. Matthew 12:34 (NLT)