Yup. There is no walking or running around the bush to this one. Just be careful what you use your words for. Your words can either build or destroy. They build or destroy someone else, but also yourself. Either the words you speak to yourself or the ones you share about yourself, where the receiving end decides to give his or her two cents.
Proverbs 18:21 [HCSB] — “Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Proverbs 15:4 [HCSB] — “The tongue that heals is a tree of life, but a devious tongue breaks the spirit.”
Be careful what you use your words for. Think before you speak and don’t just blab everything out that passes your mind. It’s okay to suppress your thoughts sometimes, you know? And even better to suppress the thought from being spoken. This has always been a lesson to me. Both actually. But recently the suppressing of thoughts more. Sometimes I get a compulsive thought that I either have to suppress right away or allow it do distract me. It’ll take away my focus, my purity and sometimes I feel it even derails me as it brings me into descending spiral. Don’t worry, I always bounce back. But it’s annoying as heck and imagine what it could do if I spoke the thought out loud. If I manifested it or proclaimed it. What would these words do if I would bring them to life? I don’t even want to know! So, I suppress and focus on God, knowing He strengthens me for each battle; small or big.
Matthew 12:36-37 [HCSB] — “I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.””
Don’t be careless, but be thoughtful and use your words wisely. May they be like honey as they sweeten someones day. May they be like salt as it brings taste. May our words build and not destroy, motivate and not derail, enlighten and not darken and may they feed and not drain. Choose words that are nice, kind, gentle and good. Choose Christ-like words, full of grace, mercy and light. Choose sensibly.
Ephesians 4:29 [HCSB] — “No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear.”
Proverbs 16:24 [HCSB] — “Pleasant words are a honeycomb: sweet to the taste and health to the body.”
How healthy were your words today?