We have all heard the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” but just because a word can't draw blood doesn’t mean it can't do some serious damage.
In our media obsessed culture, words are spoken so quickly and so reactively, without any pause or reflection as to what the consequences will be, but words have incredible power, and they indicate a healthy spirit!
By your word, a person will know your heart.
Proverbs 15:4 tells us, “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”
Think about how often you guard your body. You put on your seat belt to protect your body in the event of a crash. You are mindful of what you eat and whether it is healthy or unhealthy. You have checkups at the doctor’s office. You look both ways when crossing a street.
You protect your body as much as possible, but how often do you guard your words?
Your mouth is a powerful weapon.
The Holy Spirit wants to use your mouth to heal the sick, prophesy, cast down the enemy’s strongholds, and more, but the enemy wants to pervert your speech because he knows your words are a powerful weapon for God’s Kingdom.
Be mindful. Be on guard. Be aware of the words that are coming out of your mouth.
Psalm 141:3 tells us “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”
If you had to put $20 in a jar every time you spoke negative words, would you be poor by the end of the month?
Here is a practical idea for monitoring what is coming out of your mouth. Every time something negative comes out of your mouth: an unkind word, gossip, swearing, taking God’s name in vain, take $20 out of your wallet and donate it to your local church or a charity of your choosing. Once you can feel the impact of negative words on your wallet, you might start to become more aware of the negative impact they have on your life.
Each time you pay $20 for speaking negative words, think about how much more it costs your spirit!
Think about this...
When you open your mouth to speak, God is speaking through you, if you let Him! You are His ambassador, His representative. You either represent who He is, or you claim to; God knows the difference.
I want to leave you with Ephesians 4:29 (TPT)...
"And never let ugly or hateful words come from your mouth, but instead let your words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help them."
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Get more encouragement!
Click on this link to read Drenda’s powerful teaching on stopping toxic thoughts.