Saturday, March 21st, 2020
Words Matter! I have a friend that uses that phrase from time to time. Each time I hear it, it’s truth rings loud. I use words too quickly and often find myself backpedaling my way out of a situation that could have been avoided. Speaking before giving thought to words usually does not end well especially when emotions are in play. I have tried to practice another phrase that my wise friend uses; area of concern and area of control! Sounds easy enough doesn’t it? It makes total sense to me in theory it’s the practical application that gets me into trouble. Simply put, each of us have countless things we are concerned about; however, we are actual only in control of very few.
Indeed, the words we use are very powerful, they can bless and curse. It is the smallest of things in life that can make the biggest difference such as, the size of the rudder in comparison to the size of the ship it moves or how the slightest little spark can cause a raging fire. Our tongue or as James describes it in verse 8 of chapter 3, “but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” Rev. Sam says on page 26 of the pamphlet, we should listen more and speak less and the best way to be full of blessing is to place ourselves before God.
There are times when we need to seek forgiveness for the words we speak. Sometimes, we seek refuge from cursing we did not ask for. A lesson I’ve learned and continue to learn is we are all sinners and need forgiveness. Just as God forgives, grants mercy and grace we must do the same for others. Forgiveness does not mean you condone or excuse someone’s offenses, you release your resentment of the actions. “…since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” ~Romans 3:23-24
The tongue and the words it can produce can be used or good or great evil.
As you examine your words in the quiet, where has this restless evil hurt you?
How have you hurt others?
If there is someone you have wronged with your words, can you reach out and ask for grace?
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.