Don’t say anything that would hurt another person. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you. Ephesians 4:29
If you think I’m one of the people who will beat you up about every word or be picky, you’re wrong. I can’t stand it. The people who do, are they really speaking for God? You are supposed to tell people the right thing in love and let it go at that. You can’t speak for them. You would not believe some of the things I’ve heard ministers say. Ouch, that stung!!! And that wasn’t Jesus saying, I want you to obey me in this, in a firm but still voice in your heart. These things were down right mean. Speak the truth in love. I will always encourage you if I can, tell you the truth in love, even if we don’t always receive, it is still is, His love is the most powerful thing.
People will receive as He prepares their hearts to. He’s God, we’re not, even though He wants us to follow Him. And if people do not receive, let that go. Shake the dust off your feet, dust is what the devil crawls around in. And I want peace, not what the enemy offers. And don’t cast your pearls before swine, I realize there are people who would not even appreciate my poetry. They’ve never read it. Never will. It’s on my blog for the Lord’s glory. If you enjoy it, thank you, any talent I have is from Him.
But let’s talk about watching our mouths. Foul language is not pretty. Complaining is not good conversation. But then there are people who might perceive anything you say as a complaint. I have listened to bratty children persist until they get their way, they learn early. Control and rebellion are never good. Self control and submission to God, much better. There are people who enjoy annoying you, who will bait you like a fish. It’s better not to respond. This is part of the accuser of the brethren, that I never understood. Accusations draw you from the truth, don’t pay attention, as a believer, the devil has no right to accuse you before God as in Job’s day, he can’t get through the blood, that is why we must plead it over ourselves and our loved ones, homes, schools, work, etc.
But words, our feet might ache, they’re not really killing us. We may be cold, but we’re not freezing to death. You’re a real pain! Really? Sure, there are toxic people who can make you sick. My mother and I just had a discussion about Proverbs 18:21, I just realized its says death and life, not life and death, are in the power of the tongue. It’s a verse I hear all the time.
Isn’t that strange? Was I hearing it wrong? Remembering wrong? Quoting it wrong? Maybe, but I think I just really realized that death is what most people are speaking over themselves without even knowing it. The foul language, the arguing, the gossip. Whether you are charismatic or not, it pays to take note of our words. They are wonderful, beautiful and powerful and can be used for good or evil, to hurt or to heal, to encourage or disparage, to build up or tear down, to share faith, hope, love or to destroy a dream. Don’t think so? Have you ever seen a suicide from bullying, abused women or children, people who have lost faith?
Death is a language we should not be so fluent in, especially when Jesus spoke life, He never use the term dead except to say for the dead ( spiritually ) to bury the dead. I’m going to be aware of that, I almost said, “Dead tired. ” I decided against it. that is why I have had to combine rest, not let the devil drive me, he will wear you out.
Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil one. Jesus in Matthew 5:37. You don’t have to defend yourself God will, you don’t have show up for every argument, listen to every gossip. You neither do you have to over explain. My mother, will often say…Hmmmmphh. That’s it, she’s not getting into it. And even though I’m grown up, I get the look. It means, hush now! She knows when I’m about to explain something to someone who doesn’t get it. The most recent thing I heard is really death, discussing who will be at a funeral? Who cares? No one has died.
Let’s let Jesus words be what we speak…life, and stop the death speak. And remember His mercies are new every morning. Lamentations 3:23, so you’ve been cussing or fussing, it happens, just start over. Rebecca Jones photo/ pexels