Growing up the phrase “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” was often said to comfort or ease pain when someone spoke negatively against us, but this has proven to be wrong. The truth is, our tongues have the power to do some of the greatest damage in the world.
Although sometimes difficult, scripture clearly instructs us on how to conduct ourselves when it comes to our speech.
1 Peter 3:10 ESV For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;
Our words are the vehicle in which we communicate to ourselves and to the world and our tongue is the driver.
The greatest mistake we can make with our words is to only voice what we see and feel around us and allowing our circumstances to determine what we say.
Your doctor may have given you a bad report, but what does God say? (By His stripes you are healed- 1 Peter 2:24) Your money might be a little funny right now, but what does God say? (My God shall supply my needs- Philippians 4:19)
We must learn to master our mouths fill it with faith, confidence, love, expectancy, joy, belief, prosperity, blessing, healing, favor, success, abundance, and godliness. If you believe in the law of reaping and sowing, think about what type of words you are sowing into the atmosphere. What our tongue produces has eternal implications.
We must train ourselves to speak God’s word, to release our faith in words, because our words create our world. Since words create our world, take a moment and think about what type of words enter your mind, what books are you reading, what advice are you getting, what music are you listening to? All of that has an effect on what comes out of your mouth. Our language should reflect our lives, which means that what we listen to should be reflective of our beliefs.
I want to challenge you this week to eliminate all music from your library that has lyrics that degrade women or disagree with the life you want to live. Who will take the challenge?
You don’t get to create every situation but you create how you see it and what you say about it.
Additional scriptures to remind you to learn to Master Your Mouth
The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. (Proverbs 12:22)
My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse (Proverbs 8:7-8)
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear (Ephesians 4:29)
Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21)