For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.” Prov 30:33
This week has been a rough week. I have been reminded just how terribly powerful our words are.
God spoke the world into being. He didn’t make it with his hands but spoke it and it was.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Gen 1:3
God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. Gen 1:5
God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” Gen 1:6
God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and
trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their
various kinds.” And it was so. Gen 1:11
All the way through Genesis one, God spoke everything into being. However, when it comes to man, it says He created but that is a topic for another day.
God’s words are beyond powerful. What He says, is.
As a writer, I know my words can move people. Words have the ability to encourage someone or tear them down. That being said, it doesn’t mean that I always use my best judgment to make sure that my words are always loving and kind.
Since words of affirmation are my personal #1 love language, words have a way of cutting me deeper than most anything else. When I do say something I shouldn’t say, it haunts me. I know when the Holy Spirit prompts me to go back and say I am sorry. Sometimes I apologize too much, over think those things but in the end, I always try to make things right and that is a good thing.
Have you said anything recently that you know you shouldn’t? Maybe even in the past? Make it right. Apologize and move forward.
My challenge to you is this: the next time someone hurts you, evaluate if your perception is reality? Are you being graceful? Has that person gone through something recently that would cause them to react to you out of their pain? Have you asked them if what you think, is true? Or have you assumed? Get quiet with the Lord before you respond. Then you may proceed with caution, grace, and love. If you can’t do that, then you are not ready to confront the situation. Trust me, you want to wait and respond with love.
I read recently that grace is not fair. Grace is grace. Do you deserve God’s grace? None of us do.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Prov 18:21
The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body.
It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire,
and is itself set on fire by hell. James 3:6