The gift of speech
He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. Proverbs 17:27
Words! What a precious gift from God. James 3:9 says that with our words we bless our God and Father and we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Of course, James goes on to say this isn’t the way it should be. Our words do carry blessing or cursing with them and it is up to us which message come out. I think you know what I am talking about. When we are happy or in worship, we speak words that edify and build up. When we are angry or sad we speak words that belittle or tear down. Most of the time we speak feelings, out of habit or what is popular at the time depending on who is with us.
Verse 27 of Proverbs 17 says that if you want to look smart or better yet be smart, use your words sparingly. It goes on the say that the way to do that is to keep your spirit (heart) calm. So, the process of using your words in a way that blesses is to be purposeful about what you say. I like the way verse 28 says that even a fool looks wise when he holds his peace or considers his words; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive. Again, it is back to being purposeful with speaking and guarding your heart to keep it calm/peaceful.
The solution is to determine ahead of time the way you will communicate with others. This process all starts in the heart. If you allow thoughts of bitterness and contention into your heart, no matter how hard you try to keep them from coming out, eventually those feelings are going to be exposed in your words. You must make the decision that you are going to use your words for blessing and begin to filter out all the negative feelings. The best way to do this is to have scriptures that you turn to when those feelings come. For instance, when someone wrongs you in some way, stand on Mark 11:25 that says instead of holding a grudge against someone, forgive them. Instead of harboring negative feelings at all, pray and ask God for the wisdom and strength to do and say the right things concerning the person. Also, if you learn to pray for the person that is hurting or offending you, you will find that your heart changes for that individual and will begin to fill with compassion.
Today I want to encourage you to use your voice and words to bless God and others. Use your words sparingly and on purpose. Decide to be that person that always encourages and builds up. Be the one that others come to for the good news not the bad. Many people are using their voices right now to speak their disappointments and disapproval of governmental decisions. Speaking out those feelings are not using the words of your mouth for blessing but rather for cursing. This is just an example, and the solution is to spend time praying for the ones in the positions of making decisions and for God’s best to be the outcome. Speaking words of life over them and the current condition of the world gives you a voice in the spirit realm that will make a difference for good. There is power in our words, so let’s use them for good and not evil!
Today’s scripture reading: Proverbs 17