So…God has been working on our mouths over the past year as a family. God has been using different ways to bring home this truth. What I want to share, some may think to be strange, but YOU know when God is trying to teach you something.
Last week, the kids were messing around. They kept at it, even when we told them to chill out. In a bit of frustration, my wife says, “It is always fun and games until someone gets an eye poked out.”
Well, about ten minutes later our youngest came to us crying. Her eye got poked.
Ok, can sound a bit weird, but there is power in our words. I am not saying that every thing that ever comes out of our mouth is going to come true, but it DOES MATTER what we say.
I could give you a few more examples of these time of strange teaching experiences that have come up, but I will give you just one more.
We have this deordant that is a stone that you wet and put on. We were in the bathroom and Rachel dropped it on to the tile floor. We were thankful that it did not shatter. As she picked it up, I said, “I have dropped and broken so many of those things.”
I went on to you mine, and guess what…you got it! I dropped it, and unlike Rachel’s, mine shattered!
Again, this is not me trying to read into something and get weird, but you know when the Holy Spirit is trying to teach you something. And He was not saying, “Look, you had better be perfect with your words or else,” or, “If you ever say anything negative again, you will be cursed.”
There are people like that in the Body of Christ that heap up loads of condemnation and basically live in denial because they are afraid of what they may say. Scripture points out to us that our words are important, but what we believe in our hearts is equally, if not more important. But just in case you are thinking about letting yourself off the hook, like so many Christians do, let me give you some important Scriptures…and these are just from the book of Proverbs (We could look at James talking about the tongue and how powerful it is or Ephesians where Paul tells us to make sure ALL of our words are seasoned with grace…but we will leave those for now):
”Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things; for my mouth will speak truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them.” Proverbs 8:6-8
“The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked. Hatred stirs up strife, but loves covers all sins.” Proverbs 10:11-12
”In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who retrains his lips is wise.” -Proverbs 10:19 (this is for all of us who talk too much at times!)
”There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.” Proverbs 12:18
”He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.” Proverbs 13:3
”A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
”A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but persevere ness in it breaks the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4
”The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but the heart of a fool does not do so.” Proverbs 15:7
”Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
”He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” Proverbs 16:32
”Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
”There is gold and a multitude of rubies, but the the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.” Proverbs 20:15