How many times have you wished you had not said something? How many times have you reflected on a statement after saying it, shaking your head in a quiet moment of privacy, and declaring to yourself, “I cannot believe I said that!”? How often do you remember something you said that you wish you had not thought—let alone said?
The ability to communicate is wonderful. The ability to use words to hurt is not. The use of words is versatile. With words you can inform, educate, guide, redirect, inspire, motivate, express concern, show care, declare love, make commitment, etc. Also with words you can exhibit arrogance, show pride, manifest selfishness, cause pain, produce hurt, deceive, destroy, lead into sin, etc.
The same mouth that is a source of great hope by sharing Jesus Christ also can destructively disrupt godly relationships beyond restoration. While words can bring out the best in people, words also can bring out the worst in people.
James declared a key to self-control is found in the ability to control what we say (James 3:2). Proverbs 10:19 says, “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise” (NASB). For the person dedicated to godliness there is real reason to “watch what you say.” “Godliness” and “saying what you think” are rarely compatible! In fact, ”godliness” and “wordiness” are rarely compatible!
Purposefully use words that inspire people to be all they can be in Jesus Christ! NEVER allow what you say to blind others to the incredible things God did and does in Jesus Christ!
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