SHINE: Speak by the Spirit — Be Impeccable with God’s Words

SHINE! … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

Be Impeccable with God’s Words

© 2010 Tonya M. Evans

November 10, 2010

“The First Agreement: Be impeccable with your word.” From The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz

Last week’s message discussed the importance of allowing God to speak through us. It highlighted the creative power of the spoken word beginning with God’s words in Genesis that spoke into existence all of the physical and heavenly realms and inhabitants. The power of creation in the act of speaking is undeniable. The question becomes just what we create when speak.

As I mentioned last week, there are no neutral words. We are either co-creating with Spirit or mis-creating and thus out of alignment with God’s creative power. But rest assured something is being created in each moment. Our words are the driving force behind what we manifest in our lives and therefore what we experience – good, bad and otherwise.

How is it that we (yes you and I), presumably enlightened spiritual beings who “know better” and are therefore expected to “do better,” find ourselves using words knowingly and unknowingly to mis-create? Why is it that we speak unlovingly about and to ourselves and about and to others? And how is it that we sometimes so freely make commitments and promises to ourselves and others knowing we lack the desire, right intention or ability to follow through?

For example, in my own full-to-overflowing life, I have certainly been in situations where I’ve been asked to do something for someone, to attend an event or provide information or a service and as I rushed with “good intentions” to say YES, everything within me screamed NO, NOT NOW, or “maybe, let me get back to you.” In each scenario, the “good intention” of appearing helpful, supportive, competent and in control, was anything but.

In my desire to be something other than myself and somehow impressive to others, I found my YES inauthentic. As a result my effort to comply or politely excuse myself became a real drag. Either way it was often lose-lose because I didn’t get the benefit of cheerful, loving service and the other person was sometimes not well served.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

The reality is I either didn’t have the time or the interest — or both. And even if I was a “woman of my word” and technically fulfilled my obligation, many times I did it without a cheerful heart and with regrets of “why did I agree to this…”.  Something within – Spirit’s truth – knew the “right” answer from a spiritual perspective was simply “no.” I (mis)spoke and thus (mis)created a set of unrealistic expectations based on misaligned intentions and a mis-use of the God’s gift of words.

The point is not to blame, shame or judge yourself. It is simply to re-align with truth and therefore lead to better use of God’s words in those moments when your head says YES but Spirit says no. Thankfully as my poem A Villager Speaks says, “until you take your last breath you will always have time to return to your place of origin and begin [READ: SPEAK] again.”

I found guidance on this topic in one of my favorite books of wisdom, The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz. In that book, Ruiz asserts that everything we do in life is based on certain agreements we make with ourselves, with others, with our communities and – ultimately, with God. The four basic agreements are: 1) Be impeccable with Your Word 2) Don’t Take Anything Personally 3) Don’t Make Assumptions and 4) Always do Your Best.

The First Agreement connects powerfully to the other agreements and to this message. Without impeccability (described by Ruiz as without sin i.e., anything that goes against your true nature of the divine) one cannot speak with the voice and authority of God. When God’s Spirit speaks through us we can be assured that we are treating our words as gifts from God to be given in the Spirit of God, which is TRUTH and LOVE.

Today commit to being impeccable with Your word by being impeccable with God’s words manifested in and through you. Remember, the words you speak have creative potential. When we speak, we have a responsibility to speak in truth and love or not at all. And when we speak in truth and love we use God’s omnipotent creative power to co-create rather than mis-create. And, as always, the choice is ours!

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