Words with Consequences (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 197)
Proverbs 18:21 (NLT)
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
What we say has a huge impact in our lives and in the people around us. Many people don’t consider the power that their words hold until after major damage has been done. Our words have consequences and those consequences can be good or bad depending on how we choose to use our words. The choices we make, the risks we take are all a direction result of the words that proceed from our hearts and minds.
The words we say are a reflection of our thoughts. Our thoughts then are a reflection of the inner feelings and workings of our hearts. And very often, our words come before we take action or behave in some way. Words are risky; they hold the power to build up and just as much power to tear down. And if we are not careful, we can let our human nature get in the way and cause us to spew words that frequently hurt instead of help.
If we are following after God and putting his will above our own, the words we choose to speak to ourselves, to others, and to God will be words of life, truth, and faith. On the other hand, if our trust is not in God and we are relying on our own strength, the words we choose to speak will be death, negative, and divisive. As believers, we have the power to change the direction of society by choosing to speak words of wisdom and life.
“God preserve us from the destructive power of words. There are words which can separate hearts sooner than sharp swords. There are words whose sting can remain through a whole life.”
— Mary Howitt