So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.” (Genesis 50:21)
Today as I read the ending of Genesis, the last words that left the tongue of Joseph’s
mouth swelled up in me, like never before. I was reminded of Jesus’ words as he left
those in attendance: kind words. Oh, how I desire my family to hear kind words coming
out of my own mouth before I breathe my last breath and join my ancestors in death.
The life of Joseph leaves us with many godly characteristics to desire. This remarkable
man of God received much abuse throughout his life. Through these trials and sufferings he became more spiritual as he chose to embrace the God of his father, Jacob. From a
very young age he models spiritual integrity. God uses the difficult experiences in his
life to prepare him for what was to come later on in his life.
Throughout his lifetime he could have become bitter and angry towards his older
brothers; however, time and time again we see his showing mercy towards them through
the words he spoke.
Joseph truly understood who he was in the picture. He knew he was part of an over-all
plan. How his brothers chose to treat him, did not affect the way he behaved back.
His confidence was in God alone; and because of this he was able to speak with kind words.
Our words are an extension of our heart. Our words extend what we desire deep within.
· Reassure: encourage, comfort, console, inspire, relieve
· Kindly: sympathetic, thoughtful, favorable, carefully
By reassuring those around me with kind words I am drawn to show GRACE in my speech.
As I thought about our daily choice of words my NIV Study Bible seem to sum things up
nicely. [Below] Now as I listen to myself talk, my desire is to pray for words that will
comfort people by showing sympathy rather than use words motivated by Satan.
Words Motivated by Satan
Earthly concerns and desires
Unspiritual thoughts and ideas
Words Motivated by God and His Wisdom
Mercy love for others
Consideration for others
Apply: Just like a tree is identified by its fruit, wisdom is identified by the words that
flow off of our tongue. Do we find ourselves tempted to fan the fire of contention?
Spread the gossip? Quarrel? May the words coming out of our mouth be motivated by
God rather than by Satan.
Reflect: “If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling
yourself, and your religion is worthless” (James 1:26). Words spoken are like a fire we
can neither control nor reverse the damage they can do. Knowledge is nothing unless it
is lived out.
Dear Father, Oh, how we love and adore You. Thank you for the gift of Your Holy
Spirit, who lives within us and teaches us Your way. May Your words grow deep into
our bone marrow and produce words that are pleasing to You. Help us to live out the
knowledge we are learning together. The only way this can happen is if You grow larger
within us. Help us Lord, to model after Joseph. May one of our characteristics noticed
by our own clan members be our kind words spoken. In the name of Jesus we pray,