You may be wondering how “Words” got into this series of what a Christian should watch & listen to. Well read the scripture below;
“Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” – Matthew 15:11
Imagine that! What comes out of your mouth can in fact defile you!!! To defile here means to make one a sinner! So inherently, Jesus is saying what comes out of your mouth can make you sin. Shocked?!
Let’s examine what the Bible says about words;
The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself – Ecclesiastes 10:12
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. – James 3:2
And I say to you that in the day when they are judged, men will have to give an account of every foolish word they have said. For by your words will your righteousness be seen, and by your words you will be judged. – Matthew 12:36-37
Have you seen a man who is quick with his tongue? There is more hope for a foolish man than for him. – Proverbs 29:20
Where there is much talk there will be no end to sin, but he who keeps his mouth shut does wisely – Proverbs 10:19
For a dream comes through much activity, And a fool’s voice is known by his many words – Ecclesiastes 5:3
The words of a wise man’s mouth are sweet to all, but the lips of a foolish man are his destruction – Ecclesiastes 10:12
You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth. – Proverbs 6:2
And they get into the way of doing no work, going about from house to house; and not only doing no work, but talking foolishly, being over-interested in the business of others, saying things which they have no right to say – 1 tim 5:13
Do not go about saying untrue things among your people, or take away the life of your neighbor by false witness: I am the Lord – Leviticus 19:16
WOW! The bible is very vocal about the importance of words. One thing I have understood by the Holy Spirit is that just as time goes and cannot be recovered, same it is for words. Once a word, sentence is released; it cannot come back to you without having an effect. Yes, you can release more words to counter or buttress the effect of that word but it has albeit gone out already.
This entire series has been a message even to me also. When the Holy Spirit asked me to include Words to this series I knew he was speaking directly to me. I talk a lot, I enjoy talking and a popular adjective used to describe me as a child was talkative.
I now know the reason why I talk a lot but I used to be very insecure about it before. I retreated to myself, became a snub and started keeping quiet but just like Jeremiah, at the right time the right words burned inside me and I knew what my talkativeness was for – you are partaking of one such use right now!
However, I have also been warned about the content, use and length of my words. I believe a Christian shouldn’t curse, swear or talk without purpose or intention. As Christians, we are to be living, walking temples of the Holy Spirit on display for the whole world to see. Thus the words we speak are very crucial. When people associate with us, they can very hardly miss the kind of words we speak.
- Do you talk negatively?
- Are you always complaining about something or someone?
- Are you the regular gist provider? (Exodus 23:1)
- Are you the commentary that has something to say about everything?
- Are you the braggadocios one who always points out how fabulous they are?
- Are you the timid and shy one who refuses to speak up when needed? (proverbs 31:9)
- Are you the malice keeper who keeps offense in their heart and says nothing? (Matthew 18:15)
- Are you the ‘show-them mama’ that seeks to set everybody straight?
I have realized that either as a quiet or outgoing person, erring with your words is a very easy sin to commit.
As a general rule, I believe the following scriptures serve as appropriate guides on words we speak as Christians;
A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is! – Proverbs 15:13
Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few – Ecclesiastes 5:2
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:6
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 4:9
May God bless the reading of his word and the entrance of his word will give you light; that you know and be able to do as your have see therein!
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. – Psalms 19:14
Thanks for reading. Kindly comment with struggles, tips and scriptures about words.