Thursday, November 16, 2017

Power in Words

Ephesians 4:29 ESV
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

Words are exponentially more powerful than we think. That’s the thing, I don’t think we think about what we say before we say it often enough. Harsh words can be hurtful, they can sting, and they are lasting. With that, we’ve been instructed to not only let nothing corrupting come out of our mouths, but to use words to build others up. Our words are given as a tool, so that whoever may hear them, would come to know Jesus. As are our actions, but I think we overlook the power of our words too often.

I tell my little Emma often how strong, smart, kind and beautiful she is. Maybe she doesn't understand it yet, but it is vital that she knows how special she is. We all need to know this!

James 3:1-12 ESV

"Taming the Tongue
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water."

I love this verse in James, because it parallels our tongues (or our words) to leading a horse or a ship. He talks about our tongues having the capacity to burn like fire, able to spread and also able to poison.

These verses leave us with a clear direction of how we should use our words, but what about if harsh words are said towards us? What if we're the one burned or hurt?

Romans 12:14-21 ESV

"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

Two things stand out to me here; the first being that we are to love and pray for those who hurt us. We want to respond the way Jesus would. The second, it's not our job to have revenge on anyone, we are not the judge, God is. It is our responsibility to love, not punish.

I will remind you often, baby girl, you are fearfully and wonderfully made!

Psalm 139:14 ESV

"I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."

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