have you ever “put your foot in your mouth ” – the AHHHH… if I could just take it back feeling. Whether we tend to be quiet or loud in nature, all of us have had our words get us into trouble from time to time. We have all felt torn down and built up by words. It’s obvious that “words will never hurt me” is a huge lie. It’s funny how powerful words are and yet how careless we tend to be.
Words are our most powerful weapon!
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
I have definitely had those moments when even as I was speaking I knew I was wrong, and wished I could take it back. Especially as a mom and wife I have seen how my words alone plant seeds in my families heart that produces either good fruit in their lives or bad fruit. Every word we speak is an investment!!!! What are you investing into today.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as we use our Weapon today:
What we say matters!
Matt. 12: 33 “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”
We are producing life or death in our own lives and in those around us… it’s our choice:
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Words show our maturity level and reveal what is really in our hearts:
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
What to do if words have messed us up:
1-Apologize & ask for forgiveness. It is said that for every negative word spoken to a loved one, 40 positive words are needed to make up for it.
2- Pray before you Say! Talking to God helps to check our motives and heart condition.
Ask God for purity of motives and heart so that our words will accomplish His will and not our own.
Here are some huge challenges for us from Scripture:
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The ultimate goal of our words should be this:
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.