Sometimes, our words hurt the feelings of others, not because we meant so, but that our words were misunderstood.
There are times, however, that we use words with all intentions to attack. We have moments when we intentionally exchange damaging words with our family members. We have moments when we flex our muscles over our territory in order to rule our conversation partner out. We have moments when we fail the stewardship of our words… We have stolen His glory due to our failures in our words.
Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1). And He, the Word, became flesh and dwelt among us. He was full of grace and truth. He made God known.
Are we willing to be Jesus’ followers in our words? Are we willing to speak words that give life? (Proverbs 15:4)
Do our words reflect who we are in Him? Are we His very fine workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)? Are we sound in our speech and language use?
Do our words reflect the voice from the heart of a disciple – a voice that seeks to magnify Him? A voice that leads others to the voice of our Shepherd? (John 10:27)
If our words have been discrediting His glory, do not miss this Easter.
Surrender our hearts to Him. Tell Him that we’re really sorry for our poor control of our tongue and speech. Ask for His forgiveness, and tell Him that we are willing to make a difference… with the help of the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to renew our hearts and mind, and our words.
If we used to allow the lies of Satan to put us down, reclaim God’s words, that is, declare His “new creation” promise in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
If we are always tempted to judge others with mean words, remember His words, “judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1). Also, ask Him to shut our mouths whenever we have the tendency to stumble others due to our words. “Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.” (Romans 14:13)
If we have always been quick to speak but slow to listen, ask God to turn it all around, for everything is possible with Him (Mark 10:27). Ask Him to develop a new pattern in us, that we would be “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” (James 1:19-20)
Last, ask God to give us redemptive speech, namely, words that are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body (Proverbs 16:24). In “The Power of Words and the Wonder of God” Paul Tripp says, “… when what daily fills your heart is deep and worshipful gratitude for the miracle of divine love, then your words begin to be words of love, words of service, words of grace, words of encouragement, words of peace, and words that heal.”
Amen. Let us speak out of the good treasure of our hearts (Luke 6:45).