Taming The Tongue
I have lived with and listened to many people who can talk, a lot.
One thing I have learned, is that many people who speak – do so with an unbridled (untamed) tongue. In other words, they speak without a filter.
The tongue is probably the most dangerous of all our body parts. The words it speaks can and do bring death and life to people we encounter everyday.
I have heard people speak gently and use their words to LIFT others – they are thought out, filtered and full of wisdom to help others who were struggling. These are encouraging and uplifting words (positive reinforcement, compliments.)
We must remember, we all struggle in one form or another. A mistake we all make is judging people by what we see, the moment we look at them. Without knowing where they are coming from or what they are dealing with.
I have known a fair number of people who don’t care what they say, how they say it or how others might receive their words. Their words can spew hate, anger and resentment. Most often, these people are hurting in some way themselves. They don’t know how to express their feelings, other than to locate a “target” and fire their “verbal missiles.”
More often than not, I have been on receiving end of fiery darts sent by an untamed tongue. Fortunately, I have developed a rather thick skin. Granted, the thick skin does not stop the words from making my heart bleed. Or help me stop tears from forming when wicked words cross the threshold. The thick skin only reminds me, that this too, shall pass. That God hears every word spoken….AND
If GOD SPOKE creation into existence (Genesis 1:1-5), and we are created in HIS image then consider HOW profound it is that our SPOKEN words can have the same effect (that what we VERBALIZE brings LIFE & Death to those we interact with).
Spoken words created life back then (the earth, the animals, Adam).
On the other hand, the enemy’s spoken words brought our destruction (temptation & the fall, the pit, death)
Chose carefully. Chose thoughtfully. Words spoken are not easily forgotten (even if they are forgiven)
Words Wound and Words Heal
Don’t underestimate the Power of your Words and HOW you use them.