OK, a little self-checking for EVERYONE… be honest.
* Are the words you speak about yourself mostly positive or negative?
* Are the words you speak to others mostly encouraging or discouraging?
* Do you complain and murmur about others, your job, your money, your health or anything else… more than you do being grateful and rejoicing?
We are ALL guilty of these things at some point in our lives. And considering the world we live in today there’s an abundance of “stuff” to be negative, discouraging, and complain about. However, I’m sure God would rather us be positive, encouraging, grateful and rejoicing.
So, how do we fix it? First, none of us are perfect, but we do have a choice of the words we speak out loud. We need to think first and then speak. Next, to find the absolute cure of this “complain-a-tosis” speaking problem we must identify the source where it all begins. The answer is found in Matthew 12:34, “Whatever is in your heart determines what you say.” The ONLY way we can change the words we speak is to “feed our spirit, our heart” the good nourishment it needs. And at the top of our “spiritual” menu is the Word of God, the Bible. Don’t just read the Bible to read it. Read it to have a relationship with the One that gave us the ability to speak. In fact, the more you and I dive into a REALationship with God, by feeding our spirit, the more we will see other things and habits disappear as well.
Remember, our heart/spirit is the core of our entire being. It’s the incubator where everything else comes from. If we feed it with tons of “junk food” it will continue to create and export more junk, whenever we talk, wherever we are. But, if we feed our heart/spirit tons of good spiritual food, including our Bible and the REALationship with its Author (God) then it will create and export the loving, unconditional, goodness of God. Bad stuff in, bad stuff out. Good stuff in, good stuff out. It’s our choice….
Pastor Kevin Kinchen