Psalm 64:3-4 ~ Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, And bend their bows to shoot their arrows — bitter words, That they may shoot in secret at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear.
Words are a powerful weapon. We can use them for good, or for evil. We can use them to uplift or tear down. They can make or break friendships. Often, words reflect our inward attitudes, whether honoring or rebellious.
The Bible covers words extensively. (Which means that this will probably not be the only post I do on the subject 😉 ) But today I’m going to give just a general warning on words.
James 3:2 states: “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.” Words are hard to control. How many times are we told to think before we speak? How many times do we not do so? Words come out unexpectedly and before we think of the consequences of what we say. This should not be so. We need to take every thought and action into captivity for Christ. This includes our words.
Everything we say (and do) needs to pass a standard. The standard of the world is low. The world says you can talk behind others backs. The world says you can slip that cuss word in every now and then and sound cool. The world says you can stay silent (note that silence is equated with what we say! Someday… in another post… I will cover this) when someone attacks the one true and living God.
But that is not supposed to be our standard. Our standard says that we need to not slander our neighbor, not to use swear words. And we are told to speak out for Christ and His glory.
It’s hard, but no where in the Bible does it say our walk will be easy. (ack! Another idea for a blog post!)
Can we do this? Not by ourselves. But through Christ who strengthens us, all things are possible. He is the only way.
I know I need to work on it. So with this next week, it is going to be my goal to watch my tongue. Why don’t you join me?
For Christ and His Glory!