The power of words and improper use of the tongue can be totally devastating to individuals and families. It causes needless pain and hurt among our church families because people choose not to bridle their tongues and take responsibility for their words and actions. Pastor's families are sometimes damaged beyond repair by the slanderous words and carelessness of the tongue which creates ugly gossip throughout the community.
I am reading an incredible book, Conversation Peace by Mary A. Kassian. I would like to share some thoughts from her book with you today.
How often do we truly think about the power of the tongue and the words that come from our mouths? Do you know that where we go today is determined by the words we say? Words are powerful. Words can be cold and words can be hot. Words can destroy relationships, build friendships, create conflict, and determine the destiny of families. That two-ounce muscle between our teeth is more powerful than any other muscle in our body! That's why it is so important to control it.
How we choose to use our tongues - for good or evil - effects our entire lives. It effects the type of person we become. One direction leads to conflict and chaos. The other leads to peace and joy. Free and untamed, our words can cause lots of damage. According to James, godliness involves bridling the free, uninhibited nature of the tongue and actively controlling the direction of our speech so that it becomes productive instead of destructive. To harness the power of navigation, we need to put our hand to the reins, take control of our words, and steer them in a positive direction.
Henry Ward Beecher said, "The strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going, and going that way." For our tongues, the Bible charts the course. Charts show the navigator where he needs to go. In the Book of Proverbs, the father says, "My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad; my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right" (Prov. 23:15-16). The son's speech would be the primary indicator as to whether or not he was on course.
It's the same with us. The words that come out of our mouths indicate whether or not we are on course with our lives. If we are steering our vessels the right way, our lips will speak what is right. Do you gossip? Slander? Retaliate? Those who are wise recognize that "he who guards his lips guards his life" (Prov. 13:3). They actively seek to follow the Bible's navigational chart for speech.
Remind yourself today that where you go depends on what you say. Let's offer words of encouragement to those around us and refuse to be a part of any negative conversation. Allow God to use you today for His Kingdom in a way that will be positive and uplifting to all those you encounter. Even when the lion continues to roar God continues to reign!!!!
Blessings to you!