Words. They are spoken, written, texted, emailed, sang, whispered, thought, interpreted, misunderstood, explained, defined, and so on and so on. Words can cut to the depth of a person, and they can also uplift and cause true joy to a person. What is astonishing to me is that GOD has given us the CHOICE to use our words the way we want to use them. When you sit down and think about it, words give us the capability to converse, to communicate. Even now, I am creating sentences with words for you to read. Words are the most powerful thing on the planet. So, if words are the most powerful thing on the planet, and GOD has given us the volition to use them how we feel we should, we must truly think before we speak.
I was sitting in church today, and I had one of those AHA moments. One of those, I know that this is what I am supposed to be doing. I know this, but I have fallen short. James eloquently wrote about our words.
For we all stumble in many ways, If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. Now if we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they may obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Behold, the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder, wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of all great things. Behold, how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles, and creatures of the sea is tamed, and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.
WOW! There is a lot of information there. My interpretation of this verse is many fold. But I want to start where it says our tongue is poison. GOD is not saying our tongue is actual poison. He is saying our words that we speak towards each other, or our words we speak behind the backs of others is poison. I know, that as a Christian, I have a responsibility not just to "talk the talk" but "walk the walk" as well. I am falling short here. I want very much so to live/love as CHRIST lives/loves. One small thing can change the course of someone's future. Our words can be life or death. I need to work on being an ambassador for Christ. I want for nothing but to please HIM in all I do, and I fall short here. I know in Romans 3:23 it says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of GOD." I know I sin. I sin everyday, but I know, by GRACE I have been saved. (EPH 2:8-9) But I fall short here. My AHA moment was this morning in church realizing that I have/and still do speak poison. This is my new goal. To not speak ill of people. I will try to only say things that are uplifting and that can cause people to grow. I do not want to be a stumbling block with my words.
There is another side to this. We are not to be stumbling blocks for our friends, our family , or anyone we may come into contact with. But, our thoughts become our actions and our actions become our habits, and our habits become who we are. How can I not be a stumbling block for someone, if I am a stumbling block for myself? The smallest thought, could turn into words and then actions, then habits, then my life. I need to start with uplifting myself in the righteousness of GOD. I am a child of a KING. And I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH HIM WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH!