I like the Song by the Bee Gees called “Words”.
The lyrics go like this:
“Smile an everlasting smile
A smile could bring you near to me
Don’t ever let me find you gone
‘Cause that would bring a tear to me
This world has lost it’s glory
Let’s start a brand new story
Now my love, right now there’ll be
No other time and I can show you
How my love
Talk in everlasting words
And dedicate them all to me
And I will give you all my life
I’m here if you should call to me…
It’s only words, and words are all
I have to take your heart away”
When I began my online evangelization ministry seven years ago, I prayed that God would help me proclaim His everlasting Word. I dedicated my work to Jesus and I knew I would not be alone. I knew that Jesus would be with me as I tried to share the lessons He had taught me.
Today let’s pause and consider to what extent do our words give God glory? Do our words sow peace and joy or do they breed resentment and pain? Do they build people up or bring people down? Do they clarify issues or conceal problems? Are they constructive or destructive?
As I reflect on my own relationship challenges I am mindful of how my words have had the power to both hurt and heal. Sometimes it’s tempting to just let a relationship die rather than seek to ‘start a brand new story’ as the lyrics of the song say.
“Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4
“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18
I have always believed in authentic communications. It’s possible, though, to try to be so diplomatic in our dialogue with one another, that the truth is lost in an attempt to be “politically correct”. It’s also possible to hurt people with communication that is “brutally honest”. Finding the right words is the work of the Holy Spirit within us. Let’s pray that God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts helps us to choose the right words so we can give God glory.
“The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3:5-6 “But I tell you that men will give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.” Matthew 12:36
When my little girl began to speak, her first words were “dada” i.e., daddy. So guess what mommy got busy teaching her little girl to say? For all who guessed “mama”…you’re right! Her second word was “mama”. But her third words were a mystery to me. They were “I V” (pronounced Ivy). I wasn’t sure what she was saying until one day I looked at her and smiled and said “I love you!” and she responded “I V”. Children learn to repeat what we tell them and sadly sometimes they learn words that ‘oh-oh!’ we wish they hadn’t heard.
As I became more spiritually aware I told Jesus that I wanted my every word to give Him glory. I am not suggesting to you that I am perfect in achieving the goal but I do keep trying and confessing my sins along the way.
Jesus is spoken of in the Scriptures as “The Word”.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” John 1:1-4
After the death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus He ascended into heaven, but before Jesus left His disciples He gave them these instructions:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
In order to become disciples of Jesus we need to be Baptized in Christ and we need to learn His Word. If we don’t know the Word of God, we are like soldiers on the battlefield of life without any guidance and instructions. So I encourage you to spend time every week reflecting on God’s Word. Keep following this page if you like it. There will be new reflections every week.
Jesus promises to be with us every step of the way. One day Jesus will return to earth in the Second Coming but for now He is here Spiritually through the power of the Holy Spirit and Jesus is here in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and Jesus is here in us–We are the Body of Christ. So let us feed on God’s Word and let us receive the Body and Blood of Jesus reverently as we pray daily for the guidance to become the disciples Jesus wants us to be.
Jesus says, “You are my friends if you do what I command.” John 15:14
I believe that the secret to obedience or fidelity is PASSION.
Did you know that the word “passion”comes from the Latin root word, patior, which means “to suffer”?
I have been made it one of my missions in life to promote the Passion of Jesus Christ because I believe that remembering the suffering and death of Our Lord Jesus motivates repentance and fidelity to God.
If Jesus, the Word of God, one with the Father and the Holy Spirit, allowed Himself to be tortured and killed for our redemption, then what will we commit to doing for Him?
Are you willing to suffer for Jesus? Are you willing to dedicate your life to Him?
Please consider doing this little thing for Jesus. Come join A Peaceful Revolution in the Name of Jesus Christ, a Christian peace movement that is uniting the Body of Christ. We are disciples of Jesus Christ who believe in the power of our united prayer. We unite in prayer every day @ the Time Jesus died for us, 3pm, in our local time zones. At this time we remember the Passion of Christ. We remember Jesus being crucified for us and we renew our dedication to living for God’s glory. We pray for all souls on earth, especially those most in need of God’s mercy. We pray for peace and good will amongst all people. Learn more here.