Words are seeds; they have power, power to build or to destroy. They can be words from ourselves to ourselves, from ourselves to others, from others to us, from others to themselves or to other people. When words are spoken, they settle in a person’s soul. Some words we remember for years to come. Without knowing it, most people say things that affect the course of their lives or the lives of others.
When a word is spoken, different people process it differently. There are those who internalize them, there are those who see the words for what they are and dismiss or accept them depending on the circumstances and the words spoken. Words are seeds, when spoken, they take root in our hearts. When positive they tend to inspire a person, but when negative, roots germinate that can be quite hard to uproot.
Words can affect a person’s sense of esteem, value, and affect their entire outlook on themselves, on other people, and the world at large. Children are especially vulnerable as their ability to process is limited. That is why something said in childhood can affect a person even into adulthood. Children who grow up with a lot of encouragement and support from parents usually grow up with a high sense of esteem. On the other hand, children who received little support, those who were abused verbally or in other ways, those who grew up in dysfunctional homes, those who were not affirmed; they usually grow up with low esteem, with a distorted view of themselves and others, and might grow up to realize they have a lot of anger and bitterness.
We should be careful about what we say to others; we do not usually know what other people are going through and our words can either be life-saving or lead to destruction. Most people walk around with a lot of hurts, a lot of problems, a lot of life complications, and a lot of burdens. We should never be people who put on more burden onto other people’s lives, rather, we should be the ones to direct them the right way.
Love one another, treat each other as you would like to be treated. A kind word usually goes a long way. The Bible says that a gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger. May we pray for wisdom so that we can know how to approach other people.
The mouth of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, but the mouth of fools spouts folly. Proverbs 15:2.
What we tell ourselves is equally important. Watch what you say to yourself and about yourself! We should not speak badly about ourselves, we should not declare defeat, we should not present ourselves as lesser than. From the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. The words we speak show what is in our hearts. When we speak, we give power to what we say. When we speak something out, it is like a declaration. The enemy will use your words against you. The enemy wants us to declare defeat, and when we do, that becomes our reality.
We are to speak in authority, we are to speak out what our hearts desire in accordance with God’s will, we are to speak out and take authority, we proclaim the promises of God over our lives. We should learn to speak to the mountain and tell it to move. We are not to live feeling sorry for ourselves, sorry about the situation we are in as if we have no authority. Jesus is our authority, the Word of God is a double-edged sword, that is what we use to fight battles.
Sweet words are healthy to the soul.
We are told that death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruits. What we speak out we give power to. We should be on the watch about what we say, about what we listen to, and about what we allow other people to say to us. Words can lead to our downfall and to the downfall of others. What we say affects us and affects others even if we are not aware of it. Let us be careful lest we cause others to fall and be held accountable for that.
What comes out of a person defiles them, this is because such things proceed from our hearts and they show the state of our hearts. Words coming out are fruit, they show what has been planted in our hearts. A good tree bears good fruits and a bad tree bears bad fruits. We cannot claim to be God’s children when our actions show otherwise, when our tongues are vile. The Word of God discerns the thoughts and intentions of the heart. We can lie to everyone else but we can never lie to God. During the judgement day, we shall give an account for every careless word we have spoken.
By our words, we will be justified and by our words, we will be condemned.
Let us be on the watch. Let us not give the enemy a doorway into our lives with our tongues. The enemy is out there, looking for people to devour, he is at work day and night. We should not participate in trying to bring other people down with words, we should not become puppets of the enemy, we should take every thought captive and make it obey Christ.
When our thoughts are wrong then our words will also be wrong. When we feed our minds with junk, our tongues will produce junk. What you feed your mind with is what you put out. A mind not under submission to God is evil in all its ways. Who can understand the mind! Thank God for the Word, it is food for the mind. The Word of God renews our minds into Christ-likeness; the Word is truth.
When we feed our minds with the Word of God, then our tongues and actions will align.
Not everything needs to be said. Not every ‘story’ needs to be discussed, many of the stories among us usually involve gossip and slander. When we put in mind that what we speak is a seed, then we will watch out what we say. We should pray for self-control, we should pray for God to help us control the tongue by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Do not allow your tongue to destroy the life of another person, do not allow your tongue to destroy your life, do not allow your tongue to lead you to hell.
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. Proverbs 10:19.
May we never forget that we will be held accountable for every careless word. Let us learn to speak life into our lives and circumstances, let us learn to speak life to others.
Let us be on the watch what we confess with our mouths. May we store the Word of God in our hearts, so that we will not sin against Him, everything we say should go through the scale of God’s truth. May we be doers of the Word of God. By the confessions of our mouths, we can either be destroyed or be saved. Let us be wise.
Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9.
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