Given October 2017
“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” (Proverbs 18:21 NLT)
Today, let’s consider the impact of words. God used words to create the Heavens and the earth, “And God said…”, (Genesis 1). Isaac used words to bless Jacob, (Genesis 27). Job used words to declare his faith in God, (Job 13:15). Mary used words to accept God’s plan for her, (Luke 1:38). Jesus used words to raise Lazarus from death, (John 11:43), and to calm a storm, (Mark 4:39). Jesus used many other words to heal the sick, cast out demons and to perform other miracles but I think there are three words that Jesus spoke that carried the ultimate power. On the cross, Jesus had tasted the sour wine and then He said, “IT IS FINISHED.”, then He gave up His Spirit. Those three words sealed the deal for us. God sent Jesus to earth to live a perfect life, show and teach us how to live, and to make a way for us to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Words…they are so powerful.
Now, let’s think about OUR words. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29). “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” (Matthew 15:11)
This week, let’s pay more attention to the words that come out of our mouths. Will they be words of encouragement, peace, inspiration, teaching, kindness, or love. Or will your words be…well, you know the opposite words, we’ve all used them and have “reaped the consequences”. Be aware of your words and might I suggest that we all pray this as a prayer every morning: “Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. (Psalm 141:3). Be a blessing with your words.