Have you ever considered a wonderfully generous gesture but somehow your tongue never got in gear? The offer simply got stuck in your throat and died there. Our hearts may have worthy intentions but if we don’t actually speak them, they’re only noble ideas. Verbalizing an offer commits us.
What would happen if our tongues actually released offers like these?
- I don’t believe we’ve met. My name is __________.
- Can I help you with that?
- Do you want to meet for coffee?
- Let me pay for that.
- Can you come for dinner Friday night?
And then there are really hard offers like an apology, or advice, or (gulp) “May I pray with you?”
James (who inspired this discussion of the tongue) tied deeds to faith when he said that without deeds faith is dead. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say great intentions without verbal commitment is dead. Good intentions are only lofty thoughts until words of commitment empower them. So release your tongue to speak powerful offers.
- Say with Paul, “Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” (1 Thessalonians 2:8)
- Offer words that are “helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)
- Sweeten someone’s life with “gracious words that are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24)
- Make somebody rich today: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11, ESV)