More Than Words
One of the many things I struggle with in my journey of stumbling after Jesus is the way I often use words to tear down rather than to build up.
In Proverbs 18:21 we have the following incredibly wise saying from Solomon, the wisest man in the Bible: "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love to talk will reap its consequences..."
The things we say have the power to give life or to take it. When we speak we can speak life---or we can speak death. We can produce good, life-giving, beautiful things with our words---or we can produce evil, death-dealing, ugly things.
Thoughts become words. Words become actions. Our thoughts can become words that produce actions that not only shape our lives, but the very world around us...
As Pastor Craig Groeschel writes, if you want to change the life you have---you have to change the words you speak. Small changes in the words we speak can make a big difference in the life we live.
How we speak of things has the potential to shape them, give them meaning.
If in your marriage or relationships you use words of derision, disgust, revulsion--- "You always act that way...!" "That is just like you!" "I can't stand to be around you!" Your marriage or relationship is going to be affected by those words--and not in a good way.
Practice speaking life today. Be intentional about the words you use, and mark how that intentionality change the the world around you.
And may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and always. Amen.