Christmas is a time for traditions, celebrations, and family. For some of us that can mean fond family memories and the joy of being together once again. For others it may bring hurt or grief about past sorrows. And for others it can be frustration and anger about spending more than usual amounts of time with people we don’t feel connected too.
Whether it’s your family or your in-laws, the holiday season can often be tough. Taming the tongue for some of us this week will be a breeze and what leaves our lips will be full of sweetness, love, and gratefulness. However, for others this week may be one of our toughest in mustering up the strength to control our tempers and refrain from using words like a gun knocking down anyone in our path.
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45)
Be purposeful, be praiseful, and most importantly be prayerful about the words you use this week. It’s easy to send sweet words to those we love or in times of joy but the truth is our words must always be chosen carefully.
“Self control means controlling the tongue! A quick retort can ruin everything. The tongue has the power of life and death.” (Proverbs 13:3, 18:21)
I pray that you may be gifted with self control. That the power of the Holy Spirit will direct you with his healing, helpful, and loving words so you may shower your husband, family, in-laws, friends, and enemies with words that produce goodness and godliness.
“The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” (Proverbs 16:23-24)