Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Words will cost. One of our rights as Americans is Freedom of Speech, but does that mean I can say anything I want and not have to give an account to God for it? Words are not free. Our words said to another will cost us something. In any relationship, can you say anything you want and it not cost you something? Yes, as Americans we have the freedom of speech, but as a Christian, we belong to a Kingdom that is eternal and we will have to give an account to the words we speak. Just because its legal, is it right? There is a higher law than a government law.
Psalm 41:3 – Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.
Psalm 39:1 – I said, “I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle.”
Words can also hurt. Some people think that words that hurt are ok if they are just “Kidding.”
Proverbs 26:18, 19 – Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, (verse 19) is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, “I was only joking.”
We do that all the time. We put jabs or hints in our comments with evil intent. We’ve all done this at one time or another to someone, but it doesn’t mean its right. The Bible says, “If it came out of our mouth, its because it was in our heart.”
Jesus compared words to fruit on trees and trees have roots, so what is the root growing in my tree, heart, that just produced that fruit or the speech that just came out of my mouth.?
Here’s the only way we can deal with bad words: Repent of them! We ask forgiveness and if bad words have been spoken to you, forgive! When Jesus came to deal with the heart issues, He came to deal with the root.
Words last. The lie is that words evaporate. James said the tongue can start a forest fire. We can verbally beat someone up with our words. We don’t have to win every argument by assaulting and cutting the other person down. We can win the battle, but lose the war. What will be the damage after the battle can last a life time with consequences we didn’t see coming.
Here’s the good news – good words last also.
2 Timothy 1:3 – I remember you in my prayers night and day. Then 2 verses later 1:5 – when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I’m persuaded is in you also.
Timothy is going through a tough time and Paul’s saying, “I’m praying for you.” Paul is telling him that he’s building a monument of your need before God – remembrance. Prayers bring people to the point of placing God in their lives.
Words cost, but they can be an investment in people. Words hurt, but they can also heal!
I’m guilty of letting the guard off my mouth sometimes. I will do better because hurtful things have been said to me and I certainly don’t want to ever make someone feel the way I did when they were spoken to me.