This weekend, we wrapped up our series I Said This, You Heard That with guest speaker Joel Thomas. He is the lead pastor at Mission Community Church in Phoenix, AZ, and one of the collaborators on the content of this series.
This series has really resonated with me. As a parent and a manager, knowing the temperaments of others is beneficial so that I’m able to speak to the innate needs of my kids and personnel instead of speaking the language of my own needs.
God has wired me as a strong Red with Blue influence, which explains my temperament perfectly. As a Red, I can be a dynamic leader who excels at managing tasks and projects. I’m responsible, decisive, and good at delegating. With these powerful strengths also come powerful weaknesses. I can argue, dominate, and use a harsh tone, and I tend to be bossy, impatient, and intolerant.
If you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, coach, or a leader, take note: Your unhealthful words are disproportionality weighted to helpful words. Be careful to store godly instruction in your heart and guard it. If you do, your words will be life-giving to others.
Proverbs 4:23 NIV
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Joel instructed us to guard our hearts because not everyone is guarding their own heart. We may have stored harmful things because of what others have said to us—or we may be using unhealthful self-talk—that has caused harmful things to take root in our hearts.
We need to replace the lies that we have heard, or are telling ourselves with God’s truth. God wants to speak his grace to the harmful things, set us free, and live with us day after day. HE LOVES US JUST THE WAY WE ARE!
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
What are you storing in your heart? What has taken root? Are the words unhealthful?
Are you guarding your heart?
What do you need to hear to heal the hurt and brokenness that has taken up residence inside you? Has God placed someone in your life that may be speaking to this?
Reflect on John 1:12, 2 Corinthians 5:17, and Romans 8:28. Allow the biblical truths spoken in these verses to be stored in your heart.
Please, dear God, hear my prayers. Cleanse me of the harmful things that I have allowed to reside in my heart. Open my ears so I may hear you speak healing words of grace. Please heal the hurt and brokenness I have allowed in my heart from others and my own negative self-talk. Grant me wisdom to know that I am truly a child of yours, and that I am loved just as I am. In your son’s name I pray, amen.
This post was written by Jennifer Macke. Jenn has a son, daughter, granddaughter, and grandson, and she thanks God every day for them. She is enjoying retirement and feels blessed to be writing for LivingItOut. She was raised in an Evangelical Church, but her spiritual life awakened when she started attending CedarCreek.
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