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I was talking to a friend of mine recently about the power of words. We often do not give much thought to the words we say and how they effect and infect those we come in contact with, nor do we consider what God has to say about our speech. Let’s take a look at a few verses that we should use as a filter for what we say.
1. Our words are life and death. What we speak, we eat.
Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:21).
2. When we talk too much, we usually end up saying the wrong things and eventually sin.
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise. (Proverbs 10:19).
3. “Idle words” means words with no profit–they mean nothing at all. Our words should always add value to a conversation and the company we are in. Jesus reminds us about what happens when we are speak empty words.
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (Matthew 12:36-37).
4. Our words can either hurt or heal.
“There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.” (Proverbs 12:18).
5. Our words should be like a beautiful picture.
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (Proverbs 25:11).
6. Our words should instruct or improve someone.
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29).
7. Before we speak–and get/respond in an extremely angry state, we should listen prayerfully first.
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God (James 1:19-20).
BCU Fam, I intended for this post to go one way, but the Lord took it in a totally different direction! When we consider the implications of our speech and how seriously God takes what we say, our resolve, with His help should be pray before we speak whether it’s a casual conversation, meeting, discussion, disagreement or even in correcting someone. When we do pray before we say, our conversations will be more meaningful, rich and bring glory to God. Amen? Amen.
This is a HEAVY topic, BCU Fam! What do you think about words and their weight? Are idle words a struggle? Maybe telling someone a thing or two because you just have to say it? Or maybe you have gotten the victory when it comes to conversation! Let’s talk more in the comments section!
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