22nd November 2011

Words Are The Voice Of The Heart
(Confucius)

Jesus said; “…for it is from the overflow of the heart that the mouth speaks.”
Matthew 12:34 (Weymouth Translation)

Let’s face it…English is a funny language! In what language do you recite at a play and play at a recital; send shipments by road and cargo by ship; have noses that run and feet that smell? Each day the words we use are filled with life and movement; they can paint pictures, stir up emotions, soothe and encourage, but can also bruise, hurt and embarrass.

Jesus said something about his words that should get our complete and undivided attention. In a confrontation with some of his disciples, who were just about to desert him and leave his company, he says: “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” (John 6:63 NIV).

Who is the source of life? The Spirit! What is the value of the flesh? Nothing! Where is true life to be found? In the words of Jesus!

We notice in verse 66 here, that those disciples who had been grumbling about the words of Jesus “…turned back and no longer followed him.” Then He asks the others, “You do not want to leave too, do you?” And Peter replies, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (verses 67-68).

And finally, we are going to turn our attention to Paul’s admonition about how we should use the words of Christ: “Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.”

That’s great advice, because the words of our Great High Priest are like a spring—clear and fresh—with the power to heal, encourage, inspire and quench the spiritual thirst of all those that we come into contact with, in our little world.

Prayer
Loving Father, give us the wisdom to make the words of your beloved Son the foundation and bedrock of our lives. Help us build on them daily and use them to nurture those precious lives that we come into contact with each day; for his name’s sake.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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