There is a great deal said in the Bible about the use of words. Consider just these things for starters:
- Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21
- The tongue of the wise is health. Proverbs 12:18
- A good word makes a heavy heart glad. Proverbs 12:25
- Our speech should be always with grace. Colossians 4:6
There are a great many more verses on the topic of our words and their impact on those around us. In this post, I want to encourage you to consider your words and pray that God would allow you to use them for good, and not for evil.
1. Consider the impact of your words.
Words have power. They can heal, or they can harm. They can pacify, or they can enrage. They can make peace, or they can start a war. They can build up, or they can tear down.
Our tongue are capable of great good or great harm. Shouldn’t we then be very careful of how we use it?
Before we simply spout off, consider the impact of the words you are about to use.
- Are they grace filled? Colossians 4:6
- Are they intended to edify? Ephesians 4:28
- Would you want someone to say them to you? Matthew 7:12
2. Consider the spirit of your words.
Are you speaking out of love and with a desire to help, or are you simply careless, or even angry? There is no doubt a time for anger, but angry words are rarely profitable. Many times, when we are angry we say things that we would not if our tempers were under control.
This is especially important to remember when using text as a form of communication. So much of our communication is done in a text-based fashion today. You are reading my words right now, but you cannot hear them. You also cannot see my face, or hear the tone of my voice as I speak. Therefore, it is important to be clear.
So many times, misunderstandings can happen over text-based communication. No amount of emoji’s are going to solve this problem. If you are angry (especially if you are angry) it might be better to wait before typing your response to any given individual.
Remember that the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. (James 1:20)
It is not only what you say, but how you say it, and in what spirit you say it that matters.
3. Consider the purpose of your words.
What is the purpose of your speech or communication? Often, it is the negative or angry people who leave reviews on websites, and places of business. I am not entirely sure why this is, but it remains true. I know that I am far more likely to leave a response on a business website when I have received poor service, than when I have received excellent service. Isn’t that a shame?
Consider the uplifting effect of a positive review. Consider the smile that can be brought to a face with a compliment. Speak a kind word, a soft word, and encouraging word, and watch what happens.
Are you constantly trolling around the internet, or on Facebook, or even your church, looking for a fight? Are you critical in spirit? Why not ask God to give you a change of heart, and start using your tongue for good?
If you ask God today, He will give you the opportunity to speak a good word to someone in need. Chances are, that person may be in your own house, or in your neighborhood, or in your church.
A good verse to memorize and turn into a prayer is Psalms 19:14- Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight,
O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
That is the key. Are we concerned with God being pleased with our speech? I know we have freedom of speech in America. However, that doesn’t mean as a child of God that I should exercise that freedom to say anything I want. I need to make sure that God is please with what I am saying.
So…today; say something nice. Make someone smile. Give a compliment. Sooth a hurt. Ask God to make you a blessing to someone today with your speech.