The Lord has been recently challenging me on some of the words I speak (even in the sharing of testimony) and the motives of the heart that underline those words that come out from my mouth. Words are powerful things and if we allow the Lord to reveal what is underneath some of our words, then we realise what is actually at the root or at the heart of the words we speak that may need healing or truth spoken into such things.
With our tongue comes either blessing or cursing.
With our tongue the overflow of the heart speaks (Matt 12:34)
With our tongue we can turn a whole ship, or set a spark which creates a huge fire that sets the whole course of our life (James 3:5)
With our tongue we praise our Lord and Father and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness (James 3:19)
Prov 19:16 “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver.”
- are the words I am speaking lifting me up and putting others down? (sarcasm and gossip does that).
- or making me look good in other peoples eyes?
- or judging or criticising another?
- am I speaking with anger and if so why?
- or coming from a heart that is harbouring hurt, rejection or fear?
- are the words I am speaking coming from unbelief and doubt and not bringing faith and hope into a situation?
It's a hard challenge to accept and receive correction on in the Lord, but when we do, we will receive not only forgiveness, but a blessing and our lives will take a different course and bring life and blessing, not only to ourselves, but to all those around us. People will want to come to you because you bring life and not death, as it is in the power of the tongue.
Pro 16:12 “Kings take pleasure in honest lips, they value a man who speaks the truth”.
“May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight O Lord,
My Rock and My Redeemer.”
Lord I thank you that you reveal truth that sets me free.
Thank you that you show us through our words what actually is in our heart if we allow you to examine the motives of our heart.
Lord bring healing to those places of our hearts that need your touch, your forgiveness and help us to be a people that our words promote life, that people are drawn to us because of the words we speak.
Thank you Jesus that you are turning everything for good for those who love you and are called according to your purpose, that you redeem and restore what has been lost and turn it for your glory and that we are being transformed by the renewing of our minds day by day and that there is no condemnation in you. Thank you Jesus.