Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"Imparting Grace"

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgement. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." Matthew 12:35-37
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you. Therefore be followers of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling aroma. Ephesians 4:29-5:2

As I was reading in Ephesians today I was struck by a phrase that captured my attention. '...that it impart grace to the hearers.' jumped off the page and it immediately brought to mind this song 'Speak Life' as well as the verses in Matthew about the good or evil treasure of our hearts and the idle words we speak. It also made me wonder ... ? If I were to evaluate every word I spoke today would my words be 'idle' ones or would they in any way reflect 'corrupt communication?'  Do the words I speak reflect the 'good treasure' I so desire? Do the words that flow out of my heart to those around me 'impart grace?' Do my words reflect to others that He is my Father and I His dear child?

O Lord, Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my God, my strength and my redeemer! Psalm 19:14

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