What Is Your Perspective? (Part 5)

Be careful of what you have to say about your illness, because it can alter your perspective.  Have you known people who no matter what is happening to them in life at the time always have something negative to say?  You can just see it in their countenance.  They look miserable and inside probably are miserable all the time.  There is great power in the words you speak.  Take a look at what Proverbs 18:21 has to say about it, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”  Death and life!  That is profound.  That means we can either kill something or bring life to something by what we say.  And that includes our own attitude.

I once read in a book that the way a diagnosis is presented to a patient influences the degree of immediate physical decline.  Again, the power of the tongue.  A doctor can either give the patient hope, and thus assist in the patient’s well-being, or he can paint a poor picture of the prognosis, and the patient will quickly get worse.

Psalm 19:14 “ Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer.”

In Matthew 15:11 we read, “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.”

Your whole attitude will be affected by what you speak.  If your speech dwells on all the negative aspects of your life, it will affect how you actually feel and drag you down even further.  Although it is not easy, if you keep your speech positive, not only will it affect your attitude, but other people will be drawn to you, and you will find more strength to endure.

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