Only Speak of Lovely Things

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Watever is lovely… think on these things. – Philippians 4:8

I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.             – 1 Corinthians 1:10

We have all heard the expression, “Take time to smell the roses,” and it appears that Paul’s admonition to think on lovely things carries the same fragrance. The word translated “lovely” also means pleasant or agreeable and these words produce opportunity for peace and unity.

Have you ever been in a tense situation when all at once someone began to interject pleasant, agreeable words into the conversation? Just a few words can change the atmosphere from contentious to pleasant.

In the Corinthian text Paul is addressing the divisions within the local church. It appears that there was much bickering over unimportant issues and it was affecting the unity of the body.

Another translation of this verse reads, “I urge and entreat you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say” (AMP). In this translation we can more clearly see that Paul is instructing them to speak agreeable, pleasing, lovely things.

It would be good for us, particularly in a tense situation, to ask ourselves the question, “Will my words sound pleasant, or lovely, or will they seem contentious or divisive?” I am reminded of a proverb which says, “Where there is no wood the fire goes out.” When our words change from harsh and contentious to pleasant and agreeable peace enters the conversation.

It is amazing what effect a pleasant word can have in restoring peace in an otherwise tumultuous situation. The next time you are faced with that kind of a situation first think lovely thoughts then speak pleasant words. The results just might surprise you.

 Prayer:  Lord, give me the wisdom to know how to use lovely, pleasant and agreeable words. Then grant me grace to use those words to promote unity and harmony. In Jesus name, amen.

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