'...If we could control our tongues, we...could also control ourselves in every other way.' James 3:2 NLT
The Bible talks a lot about the power of words. And it would know. It’s made of them. Let’s have a look:
(1) Proverbs 29:20 NKJ says: ‘Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.’ Ever been ‘hasty in words’ (or on the receiving end of some)—spoken before you’ve realised what’s coming out of your mouth? Hmm. We all have. And it hurts.
(2) How about Psalm 5:9 NKJ? ‘There is no faithfulness in their mouth…they flatter with their tongue.’ When was the last time you told someone what they wanted to hear, despite it being a complete lie? Being unfaithful in your words can come back to bite.
(3) Finally, Matthew 7:1 NKJ says: ‘Judge not, that you be not judged.’ Hypocritical judgment starts small. It often starts behind people’s backs. Yup, we’ve all been there.
Alright, so we already know that we shouldn’t lie and speak badly of people. But how seriously do we take that? Words are really, really powerful things. They can change people’s opinions in an instant. And the words that we hear said about us stick with us, sometimes forever. We could all be more careful with what we say. Maybe we don’t go around making a verbal burn book, but we can still hurt people by launching into some sharp sarcasm without thinking or through our quick convenience lies. When you’re about to let negativity slip from your mouth, catch it, flip it and find something positive to say instead. If negative words escape out of your mouth before you can catch them, look straight away for three positive things to say.
SoulFood: Num 14-15, Luke 7:11-23, Ps 107:23-32, Prov 3:25-26
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