Hello folks, pardon me beforehand, as this wouldn’t be one of the finer piece, you’d perhaps envisaged. There would be a direct correlation with my grogginess and the pattern of this article. I didn’t want to entertain the thought of taking another break, after just recently coming back from one, two weeks ago. But notwithstanding, the core message should be easy to perceive. Thank you.
“Who am I”
“What am I”
Questions that we often ask ourselves sometimes. Are you what you think you are? The answers aren’t as straightforward as those that’s probably just popped into your head. I’m certain you thought along the lines of “I’m a child of God,” “a loving person,” “kind and generous,” “confident and approachable”… and the list goes on. Now I’ll ask you again, “who are you?” Or rather “what do your words reflect?” Do they edify and uplift? Or (like the trap, we sometimes find ourselves in) haven’t got a clue about the power and the impact of your words. Just blurted to ourselves and others, with no thought involved.
Before we speak, we ought to consider the consequences of our words, the misery an insensitive word can cause. Proverbs 18:21 “life and death are in the power of the tongue and they that rule it shall eat the fruits thereof.” What do you say to others, do you empower them or pretty much just such the life out of them, with a false sense of help. Our words have a declarative element in it. God spoke everything to life and created us in his own image, and like Him we can create things in words, not in the nucleus of creating a living thing, but being able to impact others. Are you birthing or destroying? Death and life are in the power of your words.
What we speak are seeds planted into life. Proverbs 15:1 “a soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.” You can never really know how fragile a person is, when you speak to them, we are all different and our threshold is limited, some less than others; your words have the power to mend a soul or break it to the very point of decaying emotionally and mentally. It’s not necessarily what we do say to our kids, colleagues, friends, families; but how, despite the intention behind it. When people say “speak your mind,” what exactly is in it.
What do you say to yourself. What you speak, has the power like a placebo effect, it looks real, feels real and you make it real. Your words define you. “I’m a failure,” “nothing good comes my way” et al, should never spring out of our lips. Words like seeds, have creative power. We give life to what we say. It’s better to say nothing, than to spew out negative words – it cancels out God’s plan and you’re cursing your own life. Words of audacious faith, should be spoken instead. Call to the invisible, as if it were already visible. What are you trying to harvest, freedom or bondage? health or sickness? Proverbs 10:19 “in the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” Also in Matthew 12:38 “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” What are you planting.
Words can’t be restored, but can repair damaged relationship, so take the responsibility for it; for we’ll give account of it, in the day of judgement. Matthew 12:36-37 “but I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they’ll give account of it in the day of judgement. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
There should be a conscious choice, irrelevant of how gratifying the opposite may be, to fill our heart with the peace and love of God. We can’t use our tongue to slander and gossip, and then praise God with it. Without control of our words, our religious acts are just worthless. James 1:26 “if any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his own tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” Pray for discernment to remain conscious of words spoken.
Words are powerful, the phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” is an unadulterated fallacy. Watch your words.
(Image attributed to kireartfish)