2 Corinthians 4:13 says, “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, I believed and therefore I spoke, we also believe and therefore speak.” Do you hear what you are speaking?
Matthew 12:34 says that what we speak is the outflow of our heart. Therefore what we are believing in our heart comes out our mouth. What do you believe about your present circumstances, about the folks around you, or about yourself? If you listen to what you are saying you will understand what you are believing in your heart.
Haggai 1:2 says, “Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, saying, This people says…” The Lord helped the people hear what they were believing through what they were speaking. They were disobeying His word to rebuild. The Lord knows what is in our hearts. Ask Him to help you discern what you are believing because of the evidence of your words.
Ephesians 4:15 says to speak the truth in love. The only way we can do that will be from a heart that is first thinking about how we love the person we are speaking to. Love in our heart will result in our speaking truth in love, not with criticism, negativity, or derision.
Peter helps us understand the practicality. 1 Peter 1:21 says, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.”
He further explains in 1 Peter 3:9. It says, “Not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.” The Amplified says, “…blessing (praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying and loving them).”
Sincere love comes from pure thoughts. Don’t entertain negative thoughts. When you have a negative thought come into your mind, don’t give it another thought. Immediately thank the Lord for that person, for the moment, or the circumstance. Let it be a reminder to focus on the Lord. Instead of reacting in your flesh, cooperate with the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:16 says, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” When we react in our flesh we are opposing the work the Holy Spirit wants to do in our heart and theirs.
Living in the flesh, or dwelling in the past is like drinking stagnant water. Ugh! There is no life in the Spirit, no light, no peace, and no grace. The flip side of that is to live in and be directed by the Spirit into the things the Lord has prepared for you. His word is pure water, like a free flowing artesian well. Are you thirsty? Come drink. John 7:37-38 says, “…If anyone is thirsty, let him to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”