I’d like to encourage you to continue smiling at your husband and children – and now also to begin to focus on having a friendly, pleasant tone of voice whenever possible and whenever appropriate.
- Just to bless your family.
- Just to honor God.
- Just to display the gentleness and love of God through you.
- Just to share your joy and gratitude in Christ.
We have an incredible amount of power to communicate respect and love or disrespect and contempt through our tone of voice!
Sin that we are blind to is often glaringly obvious to others in our facial expressions, our eyes, our body language, and our tone of voice. I want everything about us to proclaim that God’s Spirit is in charge in our lives, not our sinful flesh.
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:19-25
I’d love to hear your stories on The Smiling Challenge and The Tone of Voice Challenge!