1999-11-14 - Passages About Our Words
If you are a user of AOL, you can "unsend" messages to other AOL users. So if you want to edit a letter, write something in the heat of anger, etc., you can "take it back." But we cannot retrieve words spoken out loud. Words can kill the spirit or heal the spirit. They can edify or they can demolish. Here is a bit of what God's word has to say about our words.
The Power of the Tongue
James 3:4-10 (NRSV) Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue--a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so.
Contrast Between Edifying Words & Destructive Words
Prov 15:2 (NRSV) The tongue of the wise dispenses knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
Warning Against Futile Words
Eccl 5:3 (NRSV) For dreams come with many cares, and a fool's voice with many words.
Father, help us to remember the power of our words, and may our tongues be guided by You.