I don’t always say the best things. I notice this the most when I actually pay attention to the self-talk that goes on constantly in my head; the words that no one ever actually hears.
At least, I trick myself into believing no one hears them. But eventually, they come out.
What we say, out loud or silently, reveals what’s in our hearts.
The power of life and death are in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Therefore, we have the choice to have life-giving or life-taking speech. Words can move us toward life, or away from it.
“Or take ships as a example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”
Jesus takes our words very seriously, and says that we will make an account for every empty word spoken.
Where are you steering your life with the words you are speaking, whether out loud, or silently in your heart?
We need God’s grace every single day if we hope to have any handle on our tongues and stop speaking empty words.
We can’t do it on our own.
But, with daily surrender and invitation for God’s Spirit to abide more in our lives, God begins to change our desires, change our hearts, and our words change as a result.
The mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (Luke 6:45)
Laying our hearts bare before God, in full honesty and vulnerability, is the first step in moving our words from death to life.
It would be good for us to take seriously the weight of our words, and choose them well.
I want to speak life. I hope you do, too.