Gracious Words Falling
Words can wound or they can heal. Words can build up or tear down. Words are powerful.
And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, ” Is this not Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4:22)
I love the wording that Luke uses to describe this scene . . . and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips. Gracious words were just falling from Jesus’ lips into the weary hearts of those hearing Him. There are other passages that speak of the people being amazed at Jesus’ words. Jesus had the ability to bring forth healing through His words.
This makes me stop to consider what kind of words are coming from my mouth? Are my words gracious words? Are my words bringing healing or destruction to those around me? Are they refreshing someone’s heart or being judgmental of their actions?
I don’t believe that most people outside the Church are wondering at the gracious words that are falling from our lips as we speak. Polls show that they believe that we are harsh and judgmental. This needs to change. We need to let them hear the gracious words of Jesus that will bring true change into their lives.
I know that I’ve been on the receiving end of some really cruel words coming from Christians. I also know that I have been on the giving end of some really non-gracious words that have come out of my own mouth.
I’ve also been on the receiving end of some wonderfully gracious words given by various people within my life. As well, I have given out gracious words to others. I want to get to a point in my walk with Jesus where people are wondering at the gracious words that come from my lips.
What about the words falling from your lips? Are they gracious? Are they judgmental? Are they building up or destroying? What kind of wonder are you causing people to have from the words that you speak?
We need to learn to stop before we speak. Think about what you are going to say. Is it going to be gracious? Is it going to make people wonder about the grace God has given you? Make it a point today to ask the Holy Spirit to help you speak gracious words.