What You Said
I have been thinking lately about the power of what we say. Our words can bring great hope and encouragement and they can bring hurt and hopelessness.
James 3.7-12 puts it like this:
People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.
So how do we know what we should or shouldn’t say and when we should or shouldn’t say it? I am continually learning to THINK before I speak.
T-is it TRUE? Is what I am saying truth or fiction?
H-is it HELPFUL? Will saying this actually help the person I am speaking to?
I-is it INSPIRING? Will saying this inspire and encourage or will it discourage?
N-is it NECESSARY? Do I really need to say this? Do I need to say this for them or do I just need to say it for me?
K-is it KIND? Will saying this be an expression of kindness–something that communicates friendliness, generosity and is considerate?
If it doesn’t pass all of these criteria, well then, I probably shouldn’t say it. Something to think about.
Keep letting Jesus love you!