Proverbs 24:26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.
A story is told about a man named Gil who was given one month to live. When Gil was 37 years old, the doctors told him, “It’s cancer, and it’s bad. You have one month to live.” He accepted the diagnosis, and prepared himself to die.The stranger lying in the hospital bed next to Gil had other ideas.
“What are you in for?” The stranger asked.
“Cancer,” said Gil. “I have one month.”
“That’s what they said to me, too, when I was about your age. Guess how old I am now?” he asked.
“65?” said Gil. The stranger looked youthful and vibrant.
“Nope,” the stranger said. “I’m 85 years old. I’m in here for just a few days, and then I’ll be out. So will you. Hang in there, kid.”
That was nearly forty years ago. Gil is very much alive. Thanks to a stranger who said just the right words, at just the right time.
Your words will either increase your favour or diminish it. The words they respectively spoke determined the final outcome for the two thieves that hung on the cross beside Jesus. One spoke negatively about Jesus and reaped eternal damnation; while the other defended him and said remember me when thou go into heaven. His words were met with the favour of Jesus’ and he was told that today thou shalt be with me in paradise.
Don’t spoil it for yourself with your words. Choose the right words. Think carefully about what you are about to say before you speak.
Life Application: Be intentional with your words; direct your words towards your chosen outcome.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to choose the right words to speak over my life and the lives of others. Help me declare your words in faith even when the circumstances around me say something completely opposite.