Words have the power to bless or to wound. When we speak carelessly or negatively, we damage others as well as ourselves. Proverbs 12: 18 sees it as a stabbing of the heart with a sword. It’s reckless, and in some cases brutal. But it also talks of words having the ability to heal on the spot. This ability to speak words is an awesome privilege granted to us by God. We need help wielding this mighty power responsibly.
Though the world applauds knuckle head speech, and quick-witted responses, the Lord has something else in mind. He wants us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. And when we do speak, to do so with wisdom, and with what is helpful to others. This isn’t always so easy to do, is it? We understand that, but it is something Scripture tells us to do if/when we claim Christ. Do you claim Christ? If so, then your words matter to Him too.
Scripture encourages us to make Him a part of our conversations (all we do).
Ask the Lord to us as often as possible. “Help me, Holy Spirit.”
Whether on the phone, writing, or talking, a quick prayer before we respond keeps us in touch with God’s presence. This helps us speak under the control of the Spirit.
(Adopted from the “Jesus Calling” book by Sarah Young)