This article is similar in nature to the last one but this truth can never be overemphasized! It once again involves the topic of words spoken or the use of that small, but powerful instrument we call the tongue.
Isn't it true that we all like to hear kind words said to us? Well it may seem like common sense; but actually it is because we are created to love each other. Why? Because God is love! The Bible says that we battle not with weapons of this earth but instead with the sword of the spirit, (the word of God-Bible).
The world was created from the word of God and so we are to speak words of faith, love and encouragement. The Book of James says that the tongue is like a wild animal that no one can tame, and can defile the whole body. This clearly reveals to us how important it is to keep a guard on our mouths. Our words shouldn't demean or discourage others; instead they should edify and encourage them.
Words have a tremendous impact on our spirit, soul and body. The Bible also says that words can bring life or death (Proverbs). Well, that basically means that we can either tear others down bit by bit or build them up, and noone likes to be downgraded. Now this is not meant to be mixed up with healthy discipline or constructive criticism. We all need healthy, wise instruction in this life, that’s what helps us learn and grow, and it is essential to our well-being It is only when words are used as cruel weapons to tear people down that they become ungodly tools of destruction.
The Bible instructs us to meditate on God’s word day and night, that’s what helps us to control our thoughts and speak in a more loving manner to others. God’s words are life and health to all of our body.
The main idea of this article is to help us understand that when we speak to others we need to speak in love. We need to be compassionate enough to try and put ourselves into the listener’s place. When Jesus spoke to people he often spoke in parables. It is said that all of his words were in parables, but the main point here is that he always spoke in a way that his audience could understand. If he was talking to fisherman he would tell stories that held images and meaning to fisherman; likewise if his audience were farmers he would tells stories that farmers could comprehend easier; such as planting or harvesting crops. Jesus knew his mission was to bring people to an understanding of God and heaven and this is best done in simple, straight forward language. The Apostle Paul witnessed other so-called great speakers and he commented that they added nothing to his message, (death, burial and resurrection of Jesus). He always tried to keep things simple with honest, spirit led speaking. He didn't need complicated terminology or fancy speech; instead the simple truth mixed with faith is what convicted hearts.
We need to realize that our words carry weight and are powerful. The Book of James is a great chapter to meditate on when it comes to healthy, godly communication. It gives all sorts of instruction but the main theme is to guard our mouths and keep them as pure vessels for God to speak through. God bless you people!
By Gordon E. Dawe