Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits
What we say has eternal consequences, so we must be careful with our choice of words. A fool will just say something without thought that will lead to destruction. A wise person chooses his words and speaks from character. Jesus says this in Matthew 12:36-37, “I tell you, on the day of judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified or condemned.”
You can’t read Jesus words and just shrug your shoulders and say it was only words. What we say really matters and for that we will be held accountable. I must choose my words carefully and refrain from quickly blurting something that can be harsh and not deliver the intended response. Thinking before I speak, asking the Spirit to guide me in my conversation can have a positive life giving potential. When we are faced with a situation, how we communicate has the power to encourage or bring someone down.
Thank you for your words speaking life into us and your grace through the Gospel. Let your Spirit guide me to be someone who choose my words to build others up and give life. Forgive me when I have spoken carelessly and hurt others.