It is no surprise that words can bless, build up, motivate and encourage or they can aggravate, hurt people, and start fights and wars. We need to be careful the choice of our words and when to speak. It is not necessary to always be talking. When you open your mouth at the wrong time and say something stupid and it is too late to take it back. Sometimes just talking for the sake of talking can backfire on us. Speaking out of nervousness or because there is too much silence is another problem where meaningless words can get you into trouble or make you look silly. Sometimes is it OK to just be quiet and be still. Psalm 46:10 says,"Be still, and know that I am God." It is OK to just sit quietly sometimes. It is OK not to talk.
In Christian circles it is widely known that James Chapter 3 is about the dangers of the tongue but there is so much more in God's word about the way we talk and the words we use. Proverbs 10:8 says, "The wise in heart accept commandments, but a chattering fool will fall." Wow a chattering fool!! I do not want that to be me. No one wants to be called a 'chattering fool". Proverbs 15:28 says "The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things." It is wise to think before you speak and requires discipline in order to do that. Proverbs 18:21 says, "Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit—you choose." This really hits the nail on the head when it comes to a word picture. Sometimes in trying to make a good impression on people we may worry about what we are going to say. It is better to relax and ask God to 'order' the conversation and let you say and do the right things. Luke 12:12 tells us that "for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said." If your mouth causes you to stumble then pray and ask God to help you to say the right things and to let your mouth be a source of joy and blessing to others.
One of the fruits of the spirit is 'self control' and that would be controlling your tongue and what you say as well. Proverbs 13:17 tells us "An unreliable messenger stumbles into trouble, but a reliable messenger brings healing." Once again you see the value of a good word or a bad word. Our conversation can make us or break us." A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." (Proverbs 25:11).In Proverbs 18:4 it says ,"The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook."
Proverbs 10:19 is one of the best word pictures yet and it says "Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.". Wow there you have it. Just keep quiet! Simple as that. It is easy to talk too much and say things we do not mean and then have to spend lots of time apologizing and asking forgiveness. The "Life is Good' company has a motto which says "Do what you like and like what you do". Well I say that we should 'say what you mean, mean what you say.' Be careful with that mouth. It can be a weapon and really hurt or it can be an instrument of blessing. Lets' choose to be wise and practice using it for blessing.
Ephesians 4:29 tells us "Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them." Start this weekend off by trying to make and effort to be aware of what you are saying and whether it is necessary or not. God can help you. Choose your words wisely. Go out and bless someone today by what you say.
PRAYER: Dear Lord give me the ability to choose my words wisely. Help me never hurt anyone by what I say. Help me be kind and loving with my words and cause pain by what I say. Help me not be a 'chattering fool." In Jesus Name. Amen.