Words For Your Purpose
The Spoken Word
The words we say to ourselves and the words we say to others are intimately related. Both reflect and define our lives. “Reflect ” because we project outwardly what we hold true within; and “define” because the words we speak have power in our lives, propelling our destiny.
The Word reminds us that life and death is in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). If we allow our tongues to be unruly, we may think we are speaking dearth into others’ experience. This may not be true. We could be speaking evil into our own lives.
18And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; 19Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? 20And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. Mark 7: 18-20
The Lord knows the power of the tongue. He has given us the procedure for combatting the wicked imagination of those who would speak harm to His servants.The popular Flip Wilson phrase, ” The Devil made me do it,” is not a valid excuse for any behavior. Especially in the household of faith, we should emulate the mannerisms of our most loving teacher, Christ himself. This is true whether we consider word or deed.
If then we can approach this subject in regard to the words we say, may we call to mind the “B – attitudes” of Matthew 5:1-12. At first read, you may not think of these verses as exhortation for the tongue. When we understand the connection of thoughts and speech, we see why Christ informs us that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34).
A powerful, yet perhaps a less quoted truth is that of Proverbs 15:4. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit (KJV).