This, Not That: Healing and Life, Not Pain and Death

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Luke 6:43-45
James 3:1-12
Galatians 5:13-24 (Amplified)


Patterns of Holy Spirit empowered speech flowing from a healed heart:

  • Love – Father, fill my mouth with words that reflect love not pain.
  • Edify – Father, fill my mouth and manner with words that emotionally build people up and not emotionally tear down.
  • Encourage – Father, fill my mouth and manner with words that build courage in someone and not to take courage away from them (discourage).
  • Instruct – Father, fill my mouth and manner with words to bring about a positive change and not just voice a complaint.  
  • Wisdom – Father, fill my mouth and manner with words that bring clarity to a situation and not add to the chaos/confusion.
  • Peace – Father, fill my mouth and manner with words that bring peace and not add fuel to the fire.
  • Kindness – Father, fill my mouth and manner with words that reflect a kind spirit towards the person and not an angry hurt spirit.
     

Reflections and Responses

Reflection: What heat diagnosis can you make from the words you have used this week? Did your words reflect broken, hurt, wounded, angry, selfish or did they reflect a heart on the mend or whole? 

Response: Thank the Lord for the diagnosis and ask the Lord for healing and a path to stay whole.
 

Reflection: What will I do differently as a result of what I have heard today?

Response: Be more mindful of the Holy Spirit’s voice as it relates to the content and manner of my conversations. To yield to His power over the voice of my flesh. 
 

James 1:19
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
Proverbs 12:18 
“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
Proverbs 18:12
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”


I want to become a person whose words bring healing and life, not pain and death.