Choosing Our Words Wisely
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. This is a childhood sayings that could not be farther from the truth! Words are more powerful than sticks and stones will ever be! Sticks and stones are not even in the same league comparatively. As it says in Proverbs 18:21, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
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“For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.” – Matthew 12:34-36
One way to look at this scripture is from the angle of the words that we speak to others. Words reveal our character, and what is going on inside of us. But another way to look at this scripture is from the angle of what we say to ourselves. The words that come from our lips have power. And so while every word said to others is important, so are the words that we are saying to ourselves.
Still loose with your lips around the house or at the office? Consider this – God created the universe with His Words when He spoke it into existence in Genesis 1:2. He sustains all things through His Word in Hebrews 1:3. And God performs miracles through His Word (too many examples to list, but a good reference is Romans 4:17). And since God created us in His own image (Genesis 1:27), the power of our words applies to us as well. Since we have God the Holy Spirit in us, we have that same power inside of us that manifests in the words that we speak!
So next time we feel like letting someone have it, or talking down to ourselves, let us not forget the power of our words! Let us not forget that were uniquely design and beautifully made. Let us choose our words wisely. Let us speak of all of the goodness of God. And let us remember that every word matters.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your word today. Thank you for giving us the power in our tongues. Let us speak life, and love, and goodness into other people’s lives. Guide our every word Lord. Guide our every thought. Wash us clean from the inside out, and make us new. Let us have so much good stored up that only good comes from our lips. Strengthen me Lord, and bring me wisdom and strength. We give you all the honor, and glory, and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
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