“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
- Phillipians 4:8, KJV
As I had drifted away from Christ in my twenties, I had allowed others to talk however they wanted around me. I had picked up all the cuss words. After all, what was really in a word? Wasn't it more the way in which it was said, the intent? Along the way, I was using them in comical ways or to calmly make a point. And when I was angry, oh how well they flowed. When Christ called me back to Himself in my early thirties, I was in such an angry, unhappy place at the time. (You can find my Testimony under my Favorites in my sidebar.)
Since the time of my rededication, I have been closer and not as close in my Walk at different times. But no matter how close, my stumbling block, my problem area, my biggest fight is always controlling my anger and my words. What words we chose to use do matter! Matter more than we can imagine or comprehend. After all, God "spoke" the universe and our world and all that is in it into existence. And we have John 1:1: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God".
Back when I first started blogging, I went through the Bible reading, studying, reflecting and praying about each and every verse I found that dealt with speech, dealt with being angry, in order to allow the Holy Spirit to work within me to learn to not get angry, to cleanse my speech. Along the way, I shared my reflections in sort of short devotion. For various reasons, I am going to be visiting these verses again. For my sake and the sake of someone I care very much about. I invite you to join along as I make these available in a new series of posts here.
Do you find yourself uttering certain words when you really had no intention to? Does anger sometimes get the best of you? Will you join me in aiming for the mark set in Phillipians in the verse above?