I read these words this morning, and they made the wheels in my mind begin to turn.
Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail;
Our lips are our own who is lord over us?”
The words of the LORD are pure words;
As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.
Look at the contrast of these verses. The first verse describes men and how we can try to use our words to get what we want. We use our words to get ahead. It also addresses our thought that we are the owner of our lips.
“Our lips are our own who is lord over us?”
This particular sentence convicted me. I often use my words to express my thoughts. With my husband I can use my words to verbally vomit on him all that is in my head, even before I have it figured out. This can be hurtful to him, as I usually say things I don’t really mean, but might temporarily feel in the heat of the moment. This usually happens in my house after 10 pm. I’m tired and I usually have something I want to express, but I’ve let the guard of mouth take the night off and so my words are unfiltered. When I let my tongue be in command, my words are usually not edifying or constructive. Instead, they are more likely to be destructive and can cut to the core.
I often think it is my right as a human being to think and say what I want. Even our constitution gives us freedom of speech. But the Bible is clear that we should take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. It is also clear that even when we are angry we shouldn’t sin. The Bible doesn’t say we can’t be angry or have an opinion, but it does say we should not use that as an excuse to sin. This applies to our thoughts, actions, AND words. How many news stories have you seen recently about a teen being bullied and the devestating consequences of our words. We must keep a tight reign on our tongues. We can not let them run free. This applies to spoken words and written words. What you post on facebook matters. What you say behind someone’s back matters.
In Genesis 9 God says,
“Whoever sheds man’s blood,
By a man his bood shall be she
For in the image of God He made man.”
God places a high price on people’s lives. Why? Simply, He made us in His image. He does not want us to harm the ones He made in His image. You were created in the image of God, and so was the person who hurt you. Do you speak to others as though they were created in the Image of God? Are the words that come out of your mouth similar to the words God speaks?
Look at the things God did with His words just in the first chapter of the Bible!
God spoke and there was light.
God spoke and separated the waters into the waters below and the waters above.
God spoke and the water on the earth was gathered into one place and dry land appeared.
God spoke and vegetation grew!
God spoke and created the stars, the moon, the sun and all of the lights in the heavens!
God spoke and waters were filled with living creatures and birds filled the air.
God spoke and living creatures roamed the earth!
God used His words to bring LIFE into the world. What about you? How do you use your word?
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Going Deeper: How do use your words?
Do you believe that your tongue is your own and you have the right to use it how you please?
Do your words edify others, or do you use them to inflict pain or guilt on others?
Do you speak to all people as if you are speaking to the Image of God?
What is one way you can use your words today to glorify the Lord and edify someone else?
What other verses on the words/tongue do you use to help you control your tongue?