God has freely given each of us an unlimited supply of words. Words that can be used anyway we want–words that can build up and as we all know can tear down. In one of my imaginative jaunts I wondered what it would be like if there was a meter gadget set by my mouth that monitored my words? There is an idiom that encourages us to “weigh our words”. So would my “foolish” words print out as nothing? Weightless? Would the harsher, harder words come forth in bold? Or the ones printed in season come forth in gold? Of course this thought is foolishness. And who is to say a nonsensical fun conversation with a two year old is wasted words? However, words are important! They can add value to a person, or they can reduce a person to feel like they are nothing. It is my goal to use them to add value to those I am around. It’s not easy, and I don’t always do it “right”.
Words of course spring from our heart/soul. James talks to us about it being a little “member” but it can stir up a forest fire. But it can also calm the heart, bring hope to the hopeless and a word of encouragement to those who are discouraged. I am so grateful to those who have spoken words of encouragement in my life–during my dark seasons. Those timely words carry me through other dark times. They are like a gift that keeps on giving.
Learning to give those words starts from an outward looking heart. It takes intention and it takes governing our thoughts at other times. Praying ahead of time for conversations we know are going to happen is a great place to start. Asking the Holy Spirit to lead and direct them with His grace and love can open the door for His Words to flow. Becoming a good listener is also super important. I keep trying to get better at that part.
Just remember if one word, spoken to you can change the course of your life, so can one word spoken with His love change the course of another’s life. Reckless words pierce like a sword Proverbs 12:18; The tongue has the power of death and life (Proverbs 18:21
Which one will you choose to follow? I know it is a struggle to control that little beastie–but we can do it with the Holy Spirit’s help.