Our Speech/Words: Powerful or Destructive?
This week I read a narrative that a brother in Christ had put out on social media, and while attempting to get his point across, it was riddled with vulgar and offensive words. My first flinch was disgust and being broken hearted about what so many would read and think. I was probably more disgusted about what man may think, disregarding what God thinks. During my time in the Word that morning the scripture that I was drawn to was Ephesians 4:29:
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear
God so opened my mind to the fact that in this scripture that the “word spoken of” can be in the form of spoken or written communication. All too often do we really consider what we say or write in respect to the power behind the words to bring comfort, healing, encouragement, peace, joy and hope? Or like many of us, do we allow idle words to come out and do just the opposite and bring destruction?
Matthew 12:36 “But I tell you that every careless/IDLE word that people speak/WRITE, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgement”
Jesus spoke plainly in this verse concerning idle words whether spoken or written, yet His warnings still seem to go unheeded way too often. How careless have we all become, I being the Chief of Us at times, with seemingly no regard to edifying the body or glorifying our Lord and Savior with words that might encourage an unbeliever to ask about the Hope that lies within us.
Father, please forgive me for allowing any idle words, whether written or spoken, to proceed from my mouth. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”