Watch Your Words
January 9, 2013
Our words carry so much importance. With our words we convey our thoughts, our plans, and our feelings. Sometimes we are not careful with our words. We may speak rashly, or thoughtlessly and bring hurt to others. Our tongue is such a small part of our body, but it carries tremendous influence. Are you watching your words? Are you careful how you speak?
In the book of James, chapter 3, verses 7-10 in the Message Translation of the Bible we read, “This is scary: you can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue–it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women He made in His image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth.”
Church fights and church divisions have occurred over misspoken words. Businesses have collapsed and organizations have closed due to individuals who were not careful about the words they were speaking. Our words can bring blessing, or cursing. We must avoid words that are demeaning, hurtful, cutting, full of gossip and untruth, and discouraging. Words can ruin someone’s reputation and character when they are filled with lies and anger. Words can cut deep and harm relationships. We must be about cultivating words of healing, words of reconciliation, words of forgiveness, words that bring encouragement, words that uplift, and words that bless.
Let’s all be careful how we speak! Let’s choose our words wisely!
“Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.” Ephesians 4:29 Msg