Hello again! Are you ready for our final Weekly Heart Verse?
To date, we have worked to learn three very important scripture verses; Ecclesiastes 10:2, Psalm 141:3 and Colossians 4:6. We have learned to ask God for wisdom in our communication with others and to speak graciously; to engage our heavenly Father in helping us guard our mouths; to use our conversation as salt and light in our world, drawing attention to Christ.
This week we focus on our choice of words being a protection for our lives in the long run. Once again, let’s head over to Page 75 of Karen Ehman’s book, “Keep it Shut,” where we will find our Weekly Heart Verse listed on the “Top Ten Verses to Help You Watch Your Words.”
This week’s heart verse is found in 1 Peter 3:10 and says:
“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.”
When we reflect on interactions between people we see around us, in the news, on TV, at our workplaces, while shopping, in the Tim Horton’s drive through, it doesn’t take long to see how important this verse is to a life of peace versus a life of distress.
How we choose to use our words has an incredible impact not only on those around us, but on our lives as well. We are challenged in Ephesians 4:29 not to “let any unwholesome talk come out of our mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” When we focus our speech on edifying others, leaving self behind, our lives become peaceful and enjoyable. When we focus on spreading misery with our words, life becomes dismal and painful.
Another great memorization technique, requiring intense focus, thus, great reinforcement, is to translate 1 Peter 3:10 into another language or form. If you:
- Know a language in addition to your mother tongue, spend time translating it into that language
- Know sign language, look at yourself in the mirror and translate it into sign
- Know music, translate it into a little jingle
- Know how to draw, translate it into a sketch or doodle
- Are unable to do any of the above, simply write the verse over several times, backwards
Anything that will require you to represent our heart verse differently and cause you to use great concentration, go for it! Have fun and be creative!
It has been a joy spending each Wednesday with you. I hope you have enjoyed memorizing new scriptures in unique ways and I encourage you to memorize all the scriptures on Page 75. God bless each one of you as you continue to hide His Word in your hearts!