Are the words I speak ones that I would share with Jesus?
The following questions are ones I asked myself when I was tempted to talk. Hurt from others words, and wanting to express my side. Exhausted from hearing things that were false or things that were misinterpreted. I desired to get the last word. But then I began to think…
If Jesus was sitting across from me in that coffee shop would my conversation be different than the one I speak with my friends?
Would Jesus hear my words of discontentment, annoyance, or jealousy?
Would Jesus hear my gossip and my anger towards those who I feel have wronged me?
If Jesus was in front of me, would I be embarrassed of the words I fill the air with?
Would Jesus hear my snarky comments or belittling jabs?
Convicting, because He does hear them.
What words do I want to speak that would not only be ones Jesus would be proud to hear, but ones that glorify Him?
My words are powerful. They’re either so painful they can hurt someone, or so encouraging they can build someone up. My words have the ability to tear down a man that I love, they have the power to hurt my family, the power to push away my friends.
My words have the power to diminish a powerful person. Crush their spirit. My words have the ability to sing praises to God, to worship Him and bless Him.
My words are powerful. Am I using them the way I am called to?
Am I speaking ones of negativity and harm? Am I complaining constantly that people want to leave the room and not be around me? Are those who I surround myself with people who speak kind words about even those they may not get along with?
This has been a challenging thought for me. It actually helped me growing up when I got stuck in the gossip train in middle/high school and college. Many of us have been on this train before. Some may currently be on it, and if you are, get off at the next stop!
Ask yourself this- If Jesus was the next ear to tell, would you correct yourself? Yes. We would never whisper those words to Jesus.
So, next time someone shares with you words of negativity, pain, gossip, turn around and do not spread it. Take a hold of the joy Jesus fills in your heart, and go towards those who are being wrongly treated and love them.
Speaking about others and demeaning people not only hurts those you talk about, it begins to crush your witness.
Take the negativity that you hear and pray that the Lord would cover it all and protect your heart and cleanse it of all of that gunk.
I choose to take the burden off, give it to Jesus and speak words of joy. The moment I did, my shoulders released, my heart began to untwist, and my chin raised.
“Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”
What if instead of using our words to harm, to trash talk, or try to explain our side, we chose to use our words to build up. Let’s pray that our words become a vessel for Jesus, glorifying Him, breathing life the way God created us to.
Here are a couple of verses from the Bible about our words:
“The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.”
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as first the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”
“A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.”
So, if you’re caught on the negative word train, the next stop is the best one to take. If you’re on the gossip train, don’t let it continue, be the one who stops it. If you are on the train of wanting to defend yourself, get off that one too and let God take care of the rest. The gossip, the rumors, the pain and the anger- stop it in its tracks.
Choose joy, choose positive words and speech. Choose to activate words that encourage, love, build up, empower, and strengthen those around you.
Thank you for reading,