Picture this – scales of justice. On the one end of the scale is the Word of God. On the other end, our unspoken words. If our words are worth saying, the scales balance. If our words will hurt or offend, the scales don’t balance. The words have been weighed and found to be of no substance, so it can’t be spoken.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have that in real life? I wish I could weigh my words before they come out of my mouth!
We are born into sin. We are sinful by nature. Our words are a true testimony to that. We are so fast to criticize, so slow to complement. We are so fast to break down, so slow to build up. We are so quick to fight, so slow to ask forgiveness.
Sometimes we say words with which there is nothing wrong, but the way we say it, turns it into flaming arrows aimed at somebody’s heart. Sometimes we say words that should never have been spoken! We think we have the right to say whatever we want, without thinking for one moment about the effect our words will have. Are they really worth saying? What will happen if we keep quiet instead? Something good probably.
Proverbs 12:18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
What have your words done of late? Did it bring healing to your family and the people around you? Or did it pierce like a sword?
Food for thought.