I am not talking about what you might think I am talking about….not about living or dying per say.
I am referring to the words we speak.
What do our words carry?
For years, I would simply say whatever was on my mind. Many, many times those thoughts were the first words to pop into my head! No forethought about what they would mean or how they might affect those hearing.
I was a strong woman and I had a right to my opinion and I would share whenever I chose and with whomever I chose for that moment!
And that was that.
Several years ago the Father spoke to my heart about these words. I hurt people often times without realizing it.
Life or Death?
“Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3:5-6
Did the words I spoke aloud in front of others have “life” in them or were they full of “death”? Did the words I felt I had to share lift people up? Or did those words tear others down?
Did they benefit the listener? Did they benefit only me? Did the listener change his or her mind based on my words? Or did the listener become embarrassed, hurt or defensive by my remarks?
Basically, did anyone benefit from my announcements and opinions?
Yes, I was learning to keep my mouth shut. I was learning that if my words did harm that I should not utter them. If my words did not have LIFE, I chose to be quiet.
This is not always easy for a woman like me. I ALWAYS have an opinion. But I have learned that sometimes I would get in the way of the Father! I learned that often times not saying one single word was the loudest word I could possibly say!
So, these days I have learned to be quiet. Oh, I do fail sometimes…but I do seem to run those words through the filter a lot more these days…
”Do my words have life or death in them”?
A good question to always ask….
and it has often kept me from having to exchange feet once my mouth is opened!!