Has there ever been a time where you weren’t paying attention to your words and said something you shouldn’t have? I’m sure there has been; we’ve all been guilty of thoughtless words at one point or another. Christianity is about loving each other greatly, and treating each other like you’d like to be treated.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Reading the verse above, how often have you chosen your words accordingly? So many times I’ve heard stories of people who are offended by the words others have said. Some have even chosen to avoid Christianity altogether because of words. Yet, I’ve heard so many state “I didn’t mean” or “it’s just talk, you know that’s not what I meant”. If it isn’t what you mean, why did you say it at all?
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
What does your heart reflect? Does it reflect life or death? Do you criticize more than encourage? Do you refer to God’s word more than your own wisdom? God gave you a mouth, not as a correctional facility, but as a source of encouragement and blessing to others. He gave you a mouth so that you could speak His Word and the Gospel. He gave the ability to speak so that you could say things that bring life to people! Yes, the Lord your God may ask you to say things that would reproach another, or correct behavior. But that is for God to lead you into doing, not for you to decide.
Sarcasm is another perfect example. Such hurtful words can be spoken, evil words, under the guise of “comedy”. If things said have the power of life and death, why then speak these things? Evil things? What about with your friends and coworkers? Does idle banter, and talking profanity become a daily habit? Do those words reflect the will of God?
So many times have I myself needed to catch my words before they are spoken. They could cause such damage and hurt so many people, they could kill – maybe not literally, but what of a person’s heart and soul? Killing the character is no better or worse than physically killing a person. You can destroy their lives and hurt them forever without even thinking about what you say. “Oh I was angry, I say things I don’t mean when I’m angry” – yet those words did damage, even if you didn’t mean them. The worst of all expressions I’ve ever heard was “go to hell” – words I’ve heard said in anger, and as a “joke”. Does the person saying it truly understand how horrible of a sentence this is?
My prayer today is for God to keep me accountable to my words, and to help me catch the words before they leave my mouth. I also pray for everyone to do the same so that words of life ill be spoken throughout the world today!