Before You Cut Out Your Tongue… {More Than Fine}

picmonkey_image I’ve been praying about today.

I’ve been praying because the past month Jody McNatt and I have been spending our Wednesday words on a vision the Lord gave Jody for {Grace Words Wednesday}.  And I was concerned that {More Than Fine} and {Grace Words Wednesday} might be too many words and themes and series surrounded by {these thingies}.

But as I prayed the Lord whispered to me, “Tell them to speak Grace-Filled Words this Wednesday.”

Colossians 4:6 says,  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Grace-Filled Words this Wednesday.

Grace (charis) – that which affords pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness. The grace of speech

It goes without saying that, too often, our spouses receive our most unfiltered words and unbuffered emotions.  I think little to season my “What?! I thought you said you’d be home by 5:15. Dinner is ready. We are waiting. It will be cold. Ugh!” with salt or grace.

Scripture is all too clear.  Let your conversation be always full of grace.

Always.

Wives (and husbands, too) may we receive the Lord’s instruction with open hearts.  And let conviction fall where it may.

I come in full surrender and confession today.  For a wife who loves my husband as much as I do, some days you’d never know it by the jagged-edges of my words.  But before I cut my tongue out, let me pray God’s Holy Scripture over myself and the way I communicate with Brent.

Join me in prayer today, as I ask the Lord to allow my words to be Grace-Filled this Wednesday.  And always.

Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 1 Peter 3:10

Lord, let my marriage see good days and let me be reminded to keep by tongue from evil.  Let my speech be uplifting and full of encouragement towards my spouse.

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18

Lord, forgive me for reckless words that have pierced like a sword.  Let my tongue bring healing.

The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:4

Lord, let my words be soothing.  Let me never crush the spirit of my spouse. 

To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue. Proverbs 16:1

Oh Lord, give me your words when I feel anger or frustration begin to rise in my spirit.  Let me remember to call on you in those moments and ask you for the “proper answer!”

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21

Lord, let my words bring life to my spouse.

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26

Father, I pray I would speak with wisdom and that faithful instruction would be on my tongue today.  Lord, let us be husbands and wives who follow your example of gracious speech and unmerited kindness.  Use us today, and always, to speak words of life, and never death, to our spouses.  Forgive us Lord where we have undercut, spouted-out, patronized, belittled, accused, ignored, embarrassed, discouraged or deceived.  These are not attributes of You, and we confess.  Now we walk in truth and as one whose conversations are always full of grace and seasoned with salt. In Jesus Name, Amen.

{grace words}  grace*  kindness* healing*

Join Jody for her {grace words wednesday} today.

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One thought on “Before You Cut Out Your Tongue… {More Than Fine}

  1. “One would never know by the jagged-edges of my words…” Yes! Boy do I get that, dear Becky. Love your honest heart here girl. Praying with you for grace-filled words. Beautiful post! {love this}! 😊

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