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Words that Heal
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Have you said something recently that you wish you hadn’t? I know I have. The Bible says that our words reveal what’s going on inside of us. "Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks" (Matthew 12:34). If we go around speaking negative words of defeat, putting others down, and complaining all the time, it’s a sign that we need to refocus our hearts and minds. It’s a sign that our “overflow” is polluted.

Our bodies work a lot like a computer. What we put on the hard drive of our heart will show up on the monitor of our mouth. 

Are people around us encouraged by our words? Are our words bringing healing to those around us? These are questions that I ask myself all the time. The answer is not always what I would like it to be.The Bible clearly tells us that life and death are in the power of our tongue. We can use our tongue to build people up and encourage them with words of healing, or we can just as easily sow negative seeds with our words.

The Bible says that the tongue of the wise brings healing. "There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health: (Proverbs 12:18). Let’s be wise today by choosing healing words. Choose to look for the best in others and build them up. Choose healing words over gossip; choose words of freedom and peace over anger and judgment. Let our words uplift and encourage the people in our lives. Speak strength and hope to others. 

Rearrange Our Focus
It’s interesting to know that sometimes we use uplifting words, positive thoughts, and words of hope toward other people however we don’t use those words towards ourselves. I don’t know if you can identify with me, but that has been my experience. Somehow we find it easier to describe our situation from a negative point of view. Too often  we focus on the things we used to have, or the things we don’t have. 

The good news is that we can reprogram our mind the same way we can reprogram a computer. Our minds are renewed or reprogrammed by the Word of God. The more we read and study His Word, the more it will transform us from the inside out. I think the best way to start is to focus on what we have. I invite you to make a list of these things—think hard—put it in writing—read them and be thankful for what you still have. Pick up the pieces and go—go from there!

As we use our words to bring healing, God will pour out more of His wisdom in our lives. We’ll reap the harvest we’ve sown with our words.

Let us start today by asking the Lord to reveal anything in our hearts that may need changing, making Him first place in our lives, and allowing Him to fill our hearts with the good treasure of God’s Word so that blessings come out of our mouths.Let the overflow of our hearts be filled with faith and expectancy, and we’ll see God’s hand of blessing in every area of our lives.

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