The MessageBy PASTOR BILL MYERS,
Sometimes silence is golden!
“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.” (1 Peter 3:10)
God tells us in His Word that the tongue has incredible power. We can use it to speak blessings or curses. We’ve heard over the years the old saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me.” We know this isn’t true. Words do hurt us when spoken negatively. Our tongues can be the most difficult part of our body to control and can leave us with regret when used incorrectly. I know personally I’ve said plenty in my life that I wish I could take back. Especially words that hurt someone in my life. Many times I felt like beating my head against the wall after blurting a comment that shouldn’t have been said.
Isn’t this how a bully works? They use degrading words to intimidate or harass others. But are we guilty of hurting others with our words also?
Do we really feel we’re justified by “getting it off our chest,” or boasting, “that’s just who I am and I say what needs to be said?” Is God pleased with our prideful outspokenness? We know the answer! He desires for us to control our tongue and use it to bless others and speak life over our situations and family.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)
Can we control our tongue? Yes! There is hope! The Bible tells us that through the power of the Holy Spirit we can have control of our tongue. Yes, all things are possible, including our tongue! Jesus is our example. He never spoke hurtful words to anyone. He was careful what came out of His mouth.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” (Philippians 4:13) This includes our tongue!
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:6)
God is aware of our deceitful tongue and the hurt it can cause others. He desires to help us be overcomers and experience victory in this area of our lives!
“What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” (Matthew 15:11)
When we make a decision to speak words of encouragement filled with love, we enjoy our days better and walk in a greater peace. When we speak love to others, we are speaking God, because God is love!
“May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.” (Psalm 119:171-172)
Choose to speak words of life and encouragement!
Prayer changes everything!