May4FriMay 4, 2018
The saying goes, “If you don’t have something good to say about someone else, then don’t say anything at all.” The words we speak to others are powerful. In Hawk Nelson’s song, “Words,” he wants us to understand the impact our words have on others. You can check the lyrics out on the internet. There is an old saying that goes, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” I don’t believe in this statement one bit. Our words have a powerful impact on the lives of others around us in a good or encouraging way, or in a cutting, negative way. In 1 Thessalonians 5:11 it says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Sometimes I speak before I think, and this gets me into trouble. When I do this I want to take my words back. In Proverbs 10:19 it says, “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” We need to pray to God for the wisdom to guide us into knowing what to say, and what not to say. Sometimes the right thing to do is to remain silent, and at other times we need to speak up for the Lord, and be courageous with our words. Whenever we talk we need to use positive and uplifting words to others. In Proverbs 16:24 it says, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” In Proverbs 25:11 it says, “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Do you ever remember someone saying some strong words to you? Maybe the other person got upset for some reason, and bashed you for whatever reason. How did you handle it? Did you explode and get all mad and hysterical? Did you stay calm, cool, and collected? We can’t control the words that others say to us, but we can control how we handle things, and the words we speak to others. A big motivating factor for saying good things to others in this life comes from Matthew 12: 36-37, which says, “And I tell you that on the Judgment Day people will be responsible for every careless thing they have said. The words you have said will be used to judge you. Some of your words will prove you right, but some of your words will prove you guilty.” In James 3:6-12 it discusses the powerful effects of the mighty tongue. It says, “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness, Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” Let’s let the Lord guide our speech to others, and then we won’t have to regret what we said to someone else.
Letting the Holy Spirit take control of my tongue,
Youth Man Matt