I stood there aghast. How could anyone say something so cruel to me? Those unkind words hit me with a force I had not imagined possible and their power was relentless. Yes, relentless because those words played over and over again in my mind. That is the power of words. I am sure I am not alone when I say that I know what it is to have words spoken to me that have devastated me. However, I have also been the recipient of kind and gracious words that have filled me with hope. Sometimes words have given me the courage to do things I never thought I could. That is the power of the tongue. This little body part, that can be used to discourage or encourage people. We get to choose how to use our words.
Psalm 19: says, "May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." So how do we ensure that our words are pleasing?
1. Think before you speak
2. Choose your words
3. Be economical with words
4. Be an encourager with words
5. Be truthful in everything you say
6. Be loving even with the truth
7. Don't be dishonest with your words
8. Don't flatter if it is not the truth
And remember, your silent words are also important, not just your spoken words. The words you think will determine your own internal health, so watch those words as well.
Why not determine to use your words to bless someone today. Your words could destroy someone's day or they could give someone the courage and strength to do something they have also wanted to do. Your words are more powerful than you can imagine.
Your words can change your day and the day of someone else. That is the power of the tongue! May your words please the Lord today.
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,