We all hold a powerful weapon within us.
It influences every part of the world we inhabit. Touches every person we meet.
Our weapon is our words.
Capable of being used to destroy or protect. To ruin or stand guard.
The power of our speech is made clear in James 3:1-12.
…if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way
…a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire
… but no one can tame the tongue…sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!
We will likely be around people today. When we open our mouth we have the ability to bless them with words that leave them better than we found them.
We can comfort and soothe and encourage. We can choose to compliment them just to make them know they are seen. We can recognize their abilities and empower them. We can offer words of love and hope for the suffering. We can surround them with the promises of Jesus.
We can speak less and listen more, just that one thing will change our world. (click to tweet)
Or, we can criticize and point out flaws. We can be indignant and self-righteous to prove we are right, which means they are wrong. We can complement ourselves and become fools with our own flattery. We can offer flippant cliché’s when time is short and someone shares their burdens. We can belittle our children and spouses and see them shrink and become less of their magnificent selves. We can joke around with people, at their expense and find humor while they cringe.
Words as weapons.
One choice is to use them against people, as if they were an enemy to destroy. The other option is to stand guard against the enemy of the world, who seeks to destroy. Our words can sustain and protect.
That is powerful.
What will we choose today? If already the speech from our mouths is slanderous and hurtful, it is the right time to stop and fix it. The tongue has the incredible gift of healing as well as hurting.