Monthly Archives: August 2013

Salt or Pepper

 

“Out of the overflow of the  heart–the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34

 

Hence we must get our heart right–if we would speak words that are Christlike. A bitter heart cannot give out sweet words–nor can an impure heart speak wholesome, pure words. 

Most people talk too much–they chatter on forever. Silence is far better than idle, sinful, or foolish speech.

 

We have suggestions in the New Testament as to the kind of speech that is worthy of a redeemed life. Paul has some very plain words on the subject: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29. That is, no word should be spoken which does not help to build up character, make those who hear it better, inspire some good thought, some holy feeling, some kindly act, or put some touch of beauty upon the life.

 

A Christian’s words should “impart grace to the hearers.” That is, they should impart blessing in some way. We all know people whose words have this quality. They are not always exhorting, preaching, or talking religiously–and yet we never speak with them without being the better for it. Their simplest words do us good. They give cheer, courage, and hope. We feel braver and stronger after a little conversation with them, even after a moment’s greeting on the street.

 

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

 

This means graceful speech, not merely as to its manner–but also as to its quality. It must be speech such as Christ Himself would use if He were in our place, and we know that every word of His was a holy seed. Our speech is to be “full of grace”–it is to be true, reverent, helpful, inspiring.

 

Our speech should be “seasoned with salt,” that is, it should be pure and clean. Salt preserves from decay and putridity. The Christian’s speech should have in it the divine quality of holiness, and its effect should be cleansing and purifying. Someone speaks of the words of Jesus as a handful of spices cast into this world’s bitter waters to sweeten them. Every Christian’s words should have like influence in society, wherever they are spoken.

 

The seasoning is important–our speech is to be “seasoned with salt.” Love is salt. Truth is salt. Our speech should be always kindly. It should be without bitterness, without malice, without unlovingness in any form. The seasoning should be salt. Some people use pepper instead–and pepper is sharp, biting, pungent. Their speech is full of sarcasm, of censure, of bitterness, of words that hurt and burn. This is not Christlike speech. We should never be content to talk even five minutes with another, without saying at least a word or two that may do good, that may give a helpful impulse or kindle an upward aspiration.

 

Taken from http://gracegems.org/Miller/christian_conversation.htm

 

 

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Take All The Tangled Threads

 

Heavenly Father,

We would be strong for this new day, and we wait upon You to renew our strength. We need spiritual strength for the day that is before us.

We shall have burdens to carry, and battles to fight, and trials to endure, and duties to perform, and temptations to conquer, and conflicts with the evil world. We need strength for all these experiences. You alone can give us what we need.

You are our refuge and our strength–a very present help in times of trouble. You have promised to be with us, and to strengthen us. You have said that as our days are–so shall our strength be; and that Your grace is sufficient for us. We accept these assurances, believing that we shall obtain help from You for every duty and every struggle this day.

We would lean our weakness–on Your strength, our ignorance–on Your wisdom, our trembling insecurity–on Your unchangeableness.

Restrain us from all excess, of whatever kind, from all extravagance of speech, from all foolish vanity, from inordinate affection and emotion.

Make us thoughtful, serious, solemn, watchful, and prayerful.

May we be stronger in faith, more earnest in purpose, more holy in thought and feeling– because of our communion with You this day.

We ask You for grace to perform our allotted tasks with diligence; to guide our affairs with discretion; to do all things, whatever we do, in the name of the Lord Jesus; and in all our ways to acknowledge You.

Order our steps in Your word–and let not any iniquity have dominion over us.

Take all the tangled threads of our lives into Your own hand, and unravel them, weaving them into a web of beauty.

 

http://gracegems.org/Miller/family_prayers.htm


May We Nestle In Your Love

 

Heavenly Father, the day is gone, and we cannot recall it . . .
to amend its doings,
to correct its mistakes,
to blot out its sins,

to undo the things we ought not to have done,
to do the things we ought to have done, but left undone,
to unsay the words we ought not to have said,
to speak the words we ought to have spoken.

The day is gone from us–and is with You. We leave it in Your hands. Whatever we have done that was not according to Your will–may You graciously forgive. The things that pleased You–may You bless.

Our disappointments, we accept as Your appointments for us–better than our own way would have been. Teach us the lessons You would have us learn from the day’s experiences. May we be wiser for having lived through these experiences. May . . .
our faith be stronger,
our love be deeper,
our earnestness be more intense,
and our zeal be more intense.

May we nestle in Your love
, as little children nestle in the mother’s bosom. May we hide in You as in an everlasting rock, so that our peace may never be disturbed, even in the wildest storms of earth. Enfold us all now in Your everlasting arms, and may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon us.

Amen.

http://gracegems.org/Miller/family_prayers.htm