The Bible says the tongue has the power of life and death. And, it’s true that the words we speak from our lips can either make or break us! When we speak without thinking, or without regard for other people’s feelings, our words can ruin friendships or cause misunderstandings; and if we’re not careful… they can drive a wedge between us and the people we care about the most. If our words are not helpful, then, a lot of what we say is probably best left unsaid.
Among all of the scientific wonders of our day, I’m convinced that one of the most remarkable inventions is the mobile phone; a gadget which allows us to immediately communicate with other people all around the world… with as little effort as punching in a few numbers or by tapping a screen. Through its use, we can listen to music, share pictures, tweet, comment to friends on Facebook, or read the Bible. Sadly, though, these same devices are used daily to spread hate, selfishness and negativity.
The human tongue can do so much damage. At some point, we have all been hurt by the negative words of others. In the heat of a moment of anger, many of us… if not all – like a deadly serpent, have allowed our tongue to slip and used it as a weapon of defense. And by doing so, have said some things that totally poisoned another person. It happens! Yet, it will always happen unless we look to GOD’s Word for help… and pray for Him to remove the venom from our tongue.
GOD hears every word that’s spoken throughout the world. Everything that’s said, good or bad, wise or foolish, is known by the ‘Great Creator’ to whom all hearts are open, and from whom no secrets are hid. And more than that, our words are noted in GOD’s Book of Remembrance, from which we shall one day be judged.
One of the best lessons we can learn is to be silent at the right time. When a person is taken into custody on suspicion of having committed some crime, he is always warned that whatever he may say will be used in evidence against him. In response, that person is very careful to keep a curb on his tongue. Likewise, we must remember that for every idle word we must give an account and that what we say every day of our life will be used as evidence against us… since “by our words we shall be justified, and by our words we shall be condemned.”
This world is full of sunshine and flowers, and singing birds, because GOD is full of love and kindness. Therefore; each of us – as Christians – should be more practical and think of ways to earnestly guard our tongue against evil. If we wish to find sunshine in our life and flowers along our path, we must be kind to each other and courteous in our words… choosing wisely… what to say.
Speak kind words whenever you have the opportunity, and you will be like a person who sows seeds of roses, which will bring sweetness to others, and most surely to yourself.