Posted by: bshelley | September 9, 2008

Heart Speech

Today’s Verse: 2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; NASB

We watched the movie National Treasure again the other night. One of comments the main character makes after reading the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence is that, “People just don’t talk like that anymore.” We tend to speak in brief bursts, strive more for the succinct than the baroque. I believe that our hearts think like that but rarely does anyone actually speak in that manner.  Possibly in the blush of a new romance or an intensely emotional situation, but rarely beyond that. Today, even when we write, it is more in email, or worse, in texting short hand. Are we just unaccustomed to expressing ourselves like that, or have most lost the capability? It seems that they are not teaching cursive writing in the schools today. Florid, formal writing like expressive and well thought out words in speech are seemingly passé. If you began to greet fellow Christians with words like Paul’s in today’s verse, they would likely be taken aback. We are so used to the cursory, “How are you?-Fine” exchange that to speak such a greeting, and at the same time blessing, would be extraordinary wouldn’t it? Do we desire that grace and peace would be multiplied for our brothers and sisters in Christ? I would certainly hope so. Do we desire that we would all continue to grow in our knowledge of Him and His ways? Again, we can hopefully agree on such. There is power in our words to ask blessing or to curse. We all too often choose just to passively dismiss rather than to engage in the heart language Jesus teaches. Rather than “Good morning how are you?”, try “Grace and peace to you.” Rather than a mere “Thank you”, replace it with “God bless you.” Rather than “I hope you do well”, “May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.” ( 1 Pet 1:2c) In the doing, our minds are transformed to think in these ways, the ways of Christ’s heart.

Lord, help me to learn how to express myself in words that betray a heart filled with Your love for others. Continue to do Your work on my heart so that what is expressed by my words is love, blessing and encouragement. Amen.

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-2-peter-1_2

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Responses

  1. Great reminder. As Christians we need to make more of an effort to actually communicate with others. Souls depend on it.

    You communicated to me in that within the span of 5 hours you and Nick Perez both posted using National Treasure as an illustration (different parts of it, though)…Coincidence? Providence? Only time will tell.

  2. Thanks for your comments Clint. I always enjoy your thoughts you share on your site as well. Don’t get too busy to keep it up!

    As for Nick and my thoughts being on the same track…I would prefer the phrase, “great minds…” ha. Bryan


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