“The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)
Are you one who uses your words to ‘speak life’, or to tear down and speak ‘death’?
It’s not hard to find those who do this–they’re everywhere!
Just look of Facebook or Twitter. Look at the ‘Letters to the Editor’ in your local paper. Worse yet, read the ‘comments’ section of a blog.
Many people seem to specialize in ‘tearing down’.
…but WE are not ‘many people’.
WE are children of God!
WE should be the ones ‘speaking life’.
James captures the dilemma well: “People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!” (James 3:7-10)
To speak this way means 3 things:
1) It means to be a person who takes seriously the responsibility as Christ followers to speak positive words to people, not simply add to the list of complaints about the weather, your boss, your parents (your kids), and so on.
2) It means that we need to “speak life’ to ourselves! Refuse to tear yourself down! Refuse to speak of how ‘that’s just the way I am’! Remember, Jesus Christ has set us free and given us New Life (2 Corinthians 5:17)–act (and speak) like it!
3) It also means that we commit ourselves to being people who speak of the TRUE ‘Life’ available to all. To share the message of the Gospel–God’s love as seen in Jesus Christ and our utter need for Him–is the best privilege of all. The fact that He has given US the “message of reconciliation’ (2 Corinthians 5:18)
So this week, ask the Holy Spirit to make you aware of your words–whether they be words to others (or Social Media posts), words you tell yourself, or words to others about Jesus.