How many times have my words cut someone down? I can honestly say that I am not sure I really want to know the result of my tongue and the lack of my apologies. Sometimes it is hard to stop and think about the wrongs I have done until I feel the impact of someone’s tongue toward me. When I eat the fruits of someone else’s tongue, I only taste the fruit of my own. I have to stop and linger over the rotten fruit that I have produced from my own lips. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Proverbs 18:21.
I believe my biggest sins sometime come straight out of my mouth. The tongue is such a work of evil that I pray constantly for the Lord to help me bring mine under control. The Word tells me the only way to keep my tongue in check and I know that I alone can not do that without God working in me, so that my tongue brings more glorification than hurt to those around me. “Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” Proverbs 21:23.
I want my tongue to bring healing and not hurt. I want my tongue to spread God’s Love not the Devil’s hate. I want my tongue to show love in all that comes forth, but I fail at this everyday. When I fail I must sow the seeds of forgiveness by asking for forgiveness and giving it when I am hurt. I must apologize and bring healing with my tongue when I bring hurt with my words are swords of hurt. “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18. As I pray and seek God’s word to help keep my tongue in check, I turn my eyes to Jesus and know that following his example is the way to the Father. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6.
Closing Verse: “For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;” 1 Peter 3:10.
Challenge: Seek the Lord in your words.