Insights from a Glory-Bound Lady”
Volume 5 Number 22 “Taking Aim with Our Words”
June 1, 2022
Many of my friends are new to “Karen’s Notes.” Often I am told, “I wish I would have known about this post years ago!” With this in mind, over these past few weeks I have been looking back over the dozens of “Karen’s Notes” and sharing some of the ones from years ago. I pray that these will be a blessing to you today.
From January of 2020, I shared a very short portion of a paragraph from her conference notes where Karen was speaking at a Saturday morning ladies’ event. She was to bring two messages that morning. Both dealt with the subject of “Make Me A Servant, Please?” I know the title sounds funny. However, that was her assignment. In the first forty-five minute session, she was to speak about the servant and her conduct. Maybe someday I’ll share some of these notes with you.
It’s the second forty-five minute session that I am looking at today. This spoke of the servant and her conversation, her words. This was encouraging to me, and I know it will be to you as well.
She spoke from Matthew 12:34-35 in which the Lord Jesus said, “You generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”
Karen wrote: Words come from the heart. We are reminded of this in Matthew 12:34-35. Christ was speaking to the Pharisees about the condition of their hearts. James warns us of the danger of an uncontrolled tongue. He compares it to a fire with widespread damage when left unchecked (James 3). We need to be an encourager and not a discourager. Aim to build up and not to tear down.
Michael’s observation: This is so important for both men and women. As the servants of the Lord, we must trust Him to so work in our hearts that the words of our mouths will be pleasing to Him and good for others. Does that kind of sound like Psalm 19:14? Good! It was supposed to.