The tongue can bring death or life…(Proverbs 18:21 NLT)
Have you ever said something you later regretted? C’mon. Be honest! I have.
Truth be told, I’ve spoken words in anger to my kids when they were young and testing my patience. I’ve said disrespectful things to my husband when I’ve felt stressed and overtired. I’ve even spoken damaging words to myself.
When I was confined to a wheelchair earlier this year and had to “bum” my way up 15 stairs every night, I remember saying to myself, “This is too hard. I can’t do this anymore.” Thankfully the Holy Spirit gave me an undeniable nudge. He warned me of the negative impact these words could have on my recovery. If I wasn’t cautious, I’d soon believe those words and thwart my own well-being.
The Spirit taught me to reject the lies and speak the truth. In this case, the truth was, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Speaking words of life bred courage, and that courage helped carry me through those exhausting days and nights.
Listen closely to the words you habitually speak to your family, your friends, and yourself. Do they cause others to see the negative, become fearful, or think poorly of other people? Or do they encourage others (yourself included) to live victorious lives, view their challenges with confidence in Christ, and love other people no matter what?
Let’s determine to speak life-giving words. We can begin by asking God to put a guard over our tongues. In Friday’s blog I’ll address this issue again from another angle. Join us, okay?