What did I say?

Proverbs 18:21 ESV “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”

Several years ago, Pat and I was talking, and I said something wrong.  Don’t remember what I said, but she got upset, very upset.  So I was left wondering “What did I say?”  Well, I found out it had nothing to do with what I said but how I said it.  My words were right but my tone and attitude was wrong.

Words are more than just letters, more than just words.  Words are put together into a sentence to form a conversation.  Words spoken sends more than just a message.  They transmit feelings.  They transmit hope and love. They transmit truth. Unfortunately, times they transmit hurt, pain, hate, and death.  They transmit lies and dishonesty.

Words cannot transmit by themselves.  They must be spoken or written.  Formed on the tongue, but uttered from the heart, transmitted over the sound waves straight to the ears but landing on the heart on the hearer.
Solomon said it well “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

With your words, whether spoken or written, you have the power to bring life or death.  You can build up or destroy.  You can encourage or discourage.  You can bring hope or despair.  You can bring peace or discord.  You can speak the truth or bring deception.  You can warm the heart or freeze the soul.

How powerful are your words?  More powerful than you will ever realize until someone destroys your heart with their words, then and only then, will you understand the power of your words.   Maybe then, you and I will realize how powerful and how precious the right word spoken can be.

So,
1.  Remember your words come from the heart so keep your heart tender, caring, and loving.
2.  Choose your words carefully.
3.  Choose your words lovingly.
4.  Choose your words truthfully.
5.  Choose your words before you say them.
6.  Finally, remember when you say the wrong words, apologize.  And when someone says the wrong words to you, forgive!

Remember words are power.  Use them for good!

Proverbs 25:11 ESV “¶ A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”


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