Sitting at a minister’s conference just yesterday, during our Ordination Service, listening to our superintendent speak on the life of Peter, one of his points was rather life changing to anyone who would adhere to it.
He said: “If you can master your tongue, then God’s blessings will amaze you.”
The words that we speak carry either life or death, Prov 4:22; 18:21. Words are spiritual utterances that not only impact others, but they also make a difference in the life of those who hear it and receive it.
Prov 10:19-20 (NKJV) says: “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” And again, Prov 15:4 (NKJV) “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit”
The words that we speak can be used to provide life to those we speak. We have the capacity and the power to speak life, wholesomeness, encouragement, knowledge and wisdom to others. Every time we choose to refrain from complaining, or criticizing others, the Bible says that we are wise.
Meanwhile, when right words are spoken, it brings great joy, peace, hope, faith, and so much more to others as stated in Prov 15:23 (NKJV): “A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!”
As Christians who follow Jesus and are filled with the Holy Spirit, what comes out of our mouth should reflect our faith, building others to success in their life. Unfortunately, this is not always true. Our mouth tends to run off and get us in trouble. This is not just because we have a “loose mouth” or are not able to control our mouths.
Jesus told us that the real problem is not with our mouth, it is with our heart, “out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks (Mt. 12:34).” If we’re having problems controlling our mouth, it’s probably because something is wrong in our heart.
If our words are not building others, then a close look at our hearts is of utmost importance in order to make a difference in our world. Positive actions are good and being good to others is great, but words will either build or destroy anything we may try to build in the process of our walk of life.
God’s word is good, positive, corrective and piercing — all given and written in wisdom and with love, and how good that it is and how good it feels to receive the Word of God into our hearts every time we read it or hear it! Encouragement comes, faith is built, hopelessness is gone and wisdom enhances every time we read the Word of God, or tell it to somebody else.
Let’s make our prayers intentional like the Psalmist who said: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, oh Lord my strength and my redeemer (Prov. 19:14). After all, to master your tongue is always a matter of the heart. The end-result? God’s blessings in your life and others.
Make it a great word day!