A couple of weeks ago I was reading in my quiet time and I was reminded about the power of our words. As I read I reflected back on how I used to speak especially when I was angry or frustrated. I have to admit I could feel a sense of embarrassment come over me. If we are being honest I know I am not the only one who has spoken inappropriately and wished they could take back those words. James 4:11 says Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it.
As I was reflecting I looked back on not just what I have said, but also what has been said to me throughout my life. I still carry some of the hurts with me and I’m guessing many of you do as well. There really is power in the words we speak to each other. Today when I think of that power, I want to use it for good. Don’t you? We feel good when people speak kindly to us. You know the old saying about how you never forget how someone makes you feel? Well as Christ followers we should want people to look at us and remember that we made them feel good. This is especially true in speaking to our spouse and children.
God wants this for us! I understand that there are people in our lives where giving them kindness is hard to do, but God commands that from us. Ephesians 4:32 says be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Imagine where you would be right now without His grace and forgiveness.
If you are a Christ follower then people should know it. Following Christ is a lifestyle. Once you are saved your life is changed. Colossians 3:7-8 says You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Now the bible also tells us that we all fall short of the glory of God. Yes we will fall but how will we handle ourselves? How will we communicate to the one who upset us? How will our children learn to communicate? We are all a work in progress, but I believe we must make some changes. Do you? How about if we use today to start to clean up our language for Christ!